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Rethinking Ray Ozzie

While Ray Ozzie's time at Microsoft is widely regarded with disinterest by those Windows watchers who even remember him, it's clear now that the erstwhile Chief Software Architect was simply rowing against a tide of internal calcification. And if you look at Microsoft's belated move into devices and services with any sense of perspective at all, one fact becomes clear: This is the path the Ray Ozzie first pleaded Microsoft to take almost a decade ago. And the company's senior leadership simply ignored him. Microsoft's history is full of baloney legends, like "The Internet Tidal Wave" memo from Bill Gates that allegedly caused the company to "turn on a dime" and embrace the Internet (and in the process squash Netscape). But a more complete and less hagiographic telling of that history should also include those signs that Microsoft missed, and in this case, those memos that Microsoft completely and utterly ignored. Ray Ozzie wrote at least two of them. And each is, in its own way, as prophetic and important as that Internet Tidal Wave memo. Since most of you probably don't remember Ozzie, here's the ten-second history lesson. Ozzie is a Gates-era tech genius who worked in VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet, with Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, and then on Symphony for Lotus. His two most pivotal software projects, however, were Notes, later purchased by Lotus, and Groove, later purchased by Microsoft. Ozzie joined Microsoft with that acquisition in 2005, and in 2006 he become Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, replacing Bill Gates.

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07 Oct
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