Exiting Microsoft exec was "ruthless corporate schemer"

The unexpected departure of Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky, previously tipped as an eventual replacement for Steven Ballmer, has ignited even more tech-biz kremlinology than Scott Forstall's exit from Apple. Both men seem like similar corporate beasts—brilliant but abrasive—who saw off boardroom rivals but could not challenge two of the most immovable CEOs in the business. [Nick Wingfield at the NYT]