“Steven Sinofsky and Microsoft Corporation have entered into an agreement (the â€œRetirement Agreementâ€) relating to Mr.Â Sinofskyâ€™s resignation as President of the Windows Division on NovemberÂ 12, 2012. The Retirement Agreement includes covenants by Mr.Â Sinofsky to: (i)Â not compete with Microsoft by accepting employment at certain competitors or encouraging certain customers of Microsoft to choose a competing offering to Microsoft products; (ii)Â not solicit Microsoft employees to terminate their employment or work for other entities; (iii)Â cooperate in litigation brought by or against Microsoft; (iv)Â not disparage Microsoft; and (v)Â continue complying with certain provisions of the Microsoft Corporation Employee Non-Disclosure Agreement between Microsoft and him related to intellectual property rights and confidentiality of Microsoft and third-party information. Mr.Â Sinofsky also agreed to a release of claims against Microsoft and its related parties.
In return for the performance of his obligations under the Retirement Agreement, Microsoft will pay the value of his outstanding unvested stock awards granted prior to fiscal year 2013 and 50% of the shares of stock awarded for his performance during fiscal year 2013, all based on the vesting schedule that would have applied in connection with a qualifying â€œretirementâ€ on his separation date under his stock award agreements, (a total of 418,361 shares). The payments will be made over time through August 2016 according to the vesting schedules for the stock awards. The value of the shares will be determined by market price as of each vesting date. Microsoft agreed to indemnify Mr.Â Sinofsky against claims arising from acts or omissions relating to his employment at Microsoft pursuant to the Companyâ€™s Articles of Incorporation.”
see MSFT’s FORM 8-K.
I guess this shows the mind-set of the top dogs in M$. They will do anything for money. M$ is terribly afraid of competition even from old men. CEO Ballmer seems terribly afraid of people who actually know how to make a good product… Sinofsky rose through the ranks making tons of money for M$ from 1989. To me “7” and “8” are not good products but bloated malware magnets getting in the way of what users want to do.