Microsoft’s new Windows chief discusses Sinofsky, the iPad, and a transition to touch

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In an interview with MIT Technology Review, Microsoft’s new head of Windows, Julie Larson-Green, has shared some thoughts on Windows 8 after her early experiences leading a post-Sinofsky Windows team. Larson-Green reveals that she first saw an iPad after Microsoft had its Windows 8 design “ready to go.” After starting work on Windows 8 in June 2009, ahead of the Windows 7 release, Larson-Green admits Microsoft was excited by Apple’s approach to the iPad. “A lot of things they were doing about mobile and touch were similar to what we’d been thinking.”

It’s fair to say that Windows 8 has split opinions for end users. “We’re going for the over time impression rather than the first 20 minutes out of the box,” says Larson-Green….

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