Ray Ozzie Steps Down As Microsoft Software Chief


Ray Ozzie is stepping down from his chief software architect position at Microsoft, but he'll apparently be staying on for an unspecified period of time to help revitalize the company's entertainment business.

In a Monday e-mail to Microsoft employees, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the move and said Ozzie will remain with Microsoft to transition his teams and projects. Once this is finished, and before he retires from the company, Ozzie will shift his attentions to Microsoft's investments in the "broader area of entertainment," Ballmer said in the email.

"We have tremendous opportunities in the entertainment space overall, and I'm excited about what we can accomplish," Ballmer said in the email.

Ozzie, who came to Microsoft in 2005 as part of the software giant's purchase of his company Groove Networks, will continue reporting to Ballmer during the transition, but Microsoft isn't planning to replace him, Ballmer said in the e-mail.

Ballmer credited Ozzie with his work in developing Windows Azure, the platform-as-a-service that forms the backbone of the software giant's cloud computing technology portfolio. Ozzie's 2005 Internet Services Disruption memo has helped shape Microsoft's cloud computing strategy, according to Ballmer, who described this as "full speed ahead in all aspects of our business."

 

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