Another shake up at Microsoft
Microsoft’s chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, is stepping down.
In an e-mail to employees, CEO Steve Ballmer says Ozzie will remain with the company during the transition, and he has no plans other than retirement.
Ozzie has been in his job for a little over four years. The chief software architect is a role he took over from Bill Gates in 2006. Before Microsoft, Ozzie was best known for creating Lotus Notes – an IBM product.
“Ray contributed significantly to the early success of Windows. Since being at Microsoft, both through inspiration and impact heâ€™s been instrumental in our transition toward a software world now centered on services,” Ballmer writes to employees. “Ray has played a critical role in helping us to assume the leadership position in the cloud, and positioned us well for future success.”
There have been a number of changes at the top of Microsoft this year. In September, Stephen Elop, their business division leader in charge of the Office software suite, left to become the CEO of Nokia.