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Ray Ozzie  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is losing a key exec

In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the company's chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, is stepping down from his post. Ozzie took over the role as chief software architect from Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Ozzie has played a huge role in the development and deployment of Microsoft's Azure cloud-based computing efforts and has long been a pivotal force in the development of Windows-based operating systems.

Here is section of Steve Ballmer's email to all Microsoft employees announcing the departure:

With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization - bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business. Following the natural transition time with his teams but before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments. We have tremendous opportunities in the entertainment space overall, and I’m excited about what we can accomplish. Beyond that, Ray has no plans at this time. While he’ll continue to report to me during the transition, the CSA role was unique and I won’t refill the role after Ray’s departure. We have a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market.

While Ray will be onboard for a while, I’d like to thank him today for his contributions to Microsoft, both as a leader and as a long-time Microsoft ISV. As an early ISV, Ray contributed significantly to the early success of Windows. Since being at Microsoft, both through inspiration and impact he’s been instrumental in our transition toward a software world now centered on services. He’s always been a ‘maker’ and a partner, and we look forward to our continuing collaboration as his future unfolds. Ray has played a critical role in helping us to assume the leadership position in the cloud, and positioned us well for future success.

Ballmer's email doesn't give an exact reason why Ozzie is leaving, but one can only hope that his talent is picked up by another high-tech firm. Companies that specialize in cloud computing would probabaly kill to have Ozzie onboard.

Ozzie has even had nice things to say about Google's efforts in cloud computing. "On the Android-versus-Chrome issue, Android is a bet on the past; Chrome is a bet on the future," said Ozzie back in June. "When you install an app, you’re targeting a device. When you use Chrome, you’re looking at a cloud-based future."



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Ears got boxed too much.
By noonie on 10/18/2010 6:22:21 PM , Rating: -1
He likely got tired of getting his ears boxed in by Steve.

Maybe Ray's replacement will be just as verbally abusive and generally aggressive as Steve. If so it would be a better match.

On the other hand if the recent bloatwear form over function software such as Win 7 and the latest Office was Ray's idea then good residence. Let's get someone that can architect software that runs fast and takes functionality seriously rather than promoting change for the sake of change.




RE: Ears got boxed too much.
By Gungel on 10/18/2010 6:57:09 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Maybe Ray's replacement will be just as verbally abusive and generally aggressive as Steve. If so it would be a better match.

Ballmer said in his statement that this position won't be filled again:
The CSA role was unique and I won’t refill the role after Ray’s departure.


RE: Ears got boxed too much.
By noonie on 10/19/2010 6:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, sorry, my bad. Thanks for pointing that out.


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