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Ray Ozzie to Leave Microsoft


Ray Ozzie to Leave Microsoft

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect is to leave the company, the software giant has announced.

Ozzie was personally installed by Bill Gates as his effective replacement as head of software in 2005, and the resignation comes as a surprise. Ozzie was the driving force behind Windows Azure, the cloud based services platform that powers large corporate data centres and the consumer facing Live Mesh service.

The announcement was made by Steve Ballmer in an email to the company which read, "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."

However, Ozzie is not entirely out of the picture as Ballmer wrote that he would be focusing on Microsoft’s entertainment side of things.

Ozzie move is the latest in a series of departures from Microsoft. The head of Entertainment and Devices, Robbie Bach, will also be leaving this year, Xbox creater J. Allard has departed, while Stephen Elop has recently eloped to take the reins at Nokia.

It all casts some doubt on Microsoft future direction and strategy and after the good work on Azure, Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Phone 7, we’d hate to see the technology giant go off the rails again.


October 19, 2010, 3:51 pm

sad day for MS, good day for its competitors. I just think old Steve B does not get it and MS will fail with him at the helm.


October 19, 2010, 3:58 pm

"Prior to Microsoft he was best known for his role in creating Lotus Notes." (Wikipedia)

Ah well, onwards and downwards...


October 19, 2010, 4:37 pm

I guess there cannot be two heads. I wonder how much he fought with Balmer over direction? It'd be really interesting to note the backstory on this. It's strange that he had just started up his blog again (on the 14th) when this happened. Seems it was not a planned move and a sudden change of heart.

MS have lost a lot of talent, it's certainly not good news but it all depends who is left to steer the ships.


October 19, 2010, 6:24 pm


The "fail" prediction is certainly taking it's time, the B has been there for years. I smell a market analyst, Deutsche Bank maybe? any more inside tips?

/Adds Lotus Notes experience to Hank CV because it was cool back in 1973.

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