Originally Posted by Liranan
Could this be because he didn't want to have MS create one OS for all platforms but wanted to keep them seperate? After all what else could blend departments mean? If this is the case it will mean not everyone in MS is happy about what is happening and we might see more leave.
That interpretation could certainly explain the slightly schizophrenic nature of Windows 8; on the one hand an even more polished and refined desktop experience in the vein of Windows 7, and on the other an attempt to create an integrated ecosystem covering all devices and which strives to make the desktop irrelevant. It certainly seems plausible that the former springs from the mind and management style of Sinfosky, while the latter was an imposition by the Apple-obsessed Ballmer, and it puts an interesting spin on Windows 8 as a kind of software-based metaphor for the internal power struggles within the company.