Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie set to step down

Microsoft said on Monday that Ray Ozzie will step down from his role as chief software architect, and to retire from Microsoft after a transition period during which he will focus on Microsofts entertainment technology investments.

Ozzie was responsible for looking after the companys technical strategy and product architecture. After assuming the role in June 2006, Ozzie drove key parts of the companys overall technical strategy. Ozzie originally joined Microsoft after the company acquired Groove Networks in April 2005. His original role was Chief Technical Officer.

Ozzie recently made news by announcing he was "back" on a blog posting. The former chief software architect scanned and posted artefacts of Microsofts original Windows 1.0 press materials. Ozzies departure is hardly surprising given Microsofts recent transition (shuttering) of both Mesh and Live Labs. Ozzie oversaw both of these experimental projects.

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