All good things, as they say, must eventually come to an end. Even for
high ranking officials at Microsoft. The world didn't end when Bill
Gates decided to call it quits, and we suspect that Microsoft will forge
ahead even with Ray Ozzie, but it will be a different company without
him in the office. Ray Ozzie is Microsoft's Chief Software
Architect...or, he was. Steve Ballmer penned an open letter today that
basically announced Ray's departure, and if you weren't paying attention
years back, Ray actually took over for Bill Gates way back when.
Ray is largely credited with pushing Microsoft
into a world dominated by
cloud services, and now that storage is moving from local to cloud in a
big way, he looks extremely prophetic. Ray will be leaving his role but
remaining with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing
strategic projects within his
organization. Following the natural transition time with his teams but
retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader
area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments.
Beyond that, Ray is announcing no public plans.
Interestingly, Ballmer has noted that he will not be filling the CSA
position once Ray leaves. Again, it'll be quite different with him no
longer around. Farewell Ray, and thanks for bringing attention to the
cloud we're so fond of today.