Larson-Green was an instrumental figure within Microsoft for decades, serving recently as the chief experience officer of the Office team.

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Longtime Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green is stepping down from the company after nearly 25 years.

Larson-Green was an instrumental figure within Microsoft for decades, serving recently as the chief experience officer of the Office team. She previously led the engineering team that created Windows 8, and later went on to lead the entire Windows team.

Larson-Green took a step back from her Office team position earlier this year after undergoing spinal cord surgery, but she stayed with the company and retained her title.

The executive is noted particularly for managing the creation of the ribbon within Office, the bar of tabs at the top of the window that contains different toolbars.

Microsoft confirmed that Tuesday is Larson-Green’s last day at the company.

“We thank Julie for the numerous contributions she’s made to Microsoft over the last 25 years, and we wish her the very best in her new endeavors,” a company spokesman said in a statement.

Larson-Green plans to continue “advising companies on building customer-first products,” she told tech news site GeekWire.

The news of Larson-Green’s departure was first reported by ZDNet.