In a surprise announcement this
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:
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
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
quote: Is it truly anyones fault other than the user if they are using a deprecated OS, that is completely unpatched, has no anti-virus or anti-malware tools, and is either sitting directly on the internet or behind a simple router that is configured exactly as it was when it left the factory?