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Ex-Windows boss Sinofsky lined up for Harvard teaching post

Former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, who announced his departure from Microsoft last month, has landed a new job.

In a recent tweet, Sinofsky said he is headed to Harvard Business School in the spring of 2013 to help educate future business leaders. In response to a question on Twitter, Sinofsky said he plans to teach "product development" and write articles about the topic.

"Excited to return to @HarvardHBS to teach again this spring!" he wrote in a tweet. "New perspectives, recharge, share experiences, write. #sabbatical"

This will be Sinofsky's second stint teaching at Harvard after serving as a "visiting scholar" there in 1998. This time around, his title will be "executive in residence," and his role will include research, writing, teaching product development, planning, collaboration, and more, Sinofsky said on Twitter.

Sinofsky took over the Microsoft Windows Division in July 2009 after more than a decade contributing to and leading the development of the company's Office products. He was also heavily involved in recruiting talent to Redmond over the years. His departure, announced barely two weeks after the launch of Windows 8, took the tech and business world by surprise.

The Microsoft executive's departure reportedly "came amid growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives," according to All Things D's Ina Fried. "Sinofsky, though seen as highly talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team player that the company was looking for."

Meanwhile, former Microsoft engineer Hal Berenson's suggested that Sinofsky left after failing to "bring both Windows Phone and the Developer Division under his control." In a public response to Berenson, Sinofsky said he never tried to bring the organisations together and was never approached to manage them.