October 19, 2010 by USA Post
Ray Ozzie, Ray Ozzie give me look forward to Microsoft. When he joined the software giant after buying his collaboration software company, Groove Networks, he has qualities to the executive suite that Microsoft is sorely lacking. Most notable has been the recognition that the software world was moving towards models of cooperation with others as much as their plot ruins. He was considered a potential, even probable successor, Steve Ballmer, the only other chief executive officer of fact, Microsoft has Bill Gates.
So much for that idea. Ozzie’s departure, announced today in a strangely quiet, shows that Microsoft is still struggling to define itself in the Internet age.
Ozzie has been chief of Software Architect, a position previously held by Bill Gates, after leaving his post as CEO. It was ideal: Ozzie technical talent and vision of what we could do with technology has been extraordinary. At Microsoft, he led an effort to go to the company when the software was no longer online than not, a radical change for a company that throughout its existence on all levels was that the packaged goods.
I’ve been a fan for years Ozzie. For journalists who have covered his actions, he was patient in helping us understand what he was doing. All that was could be difficult to grasp, given how long before his time, he proved to be the project after project to several companies including Groove, and before that, Lotus Notes.
For all its qualities, Ozzie Microsoft has not pushed ahead fast enough, or pushing his resisted. Microsoft is playing far too long to enter the cloud where the software becomes as much of a product you buy. The competition – Google, Amazon and others – is now anchored, and for all the great talent at Microsoft, the company has not taken in key areas. Keep in mind, however, that the bread and butter of Microsoft (and the gold and diamonds) remains on the market-licensed software, where it is still a company absolutely huge and immensely profitable.
It will be fascinating to see what Ozzie does next. I am hoping he will try something in the social-entrepreneurship. Certainly, it can live with lower pay than most of us.
As for Microsoft, which continues to lose (or expulsion) from executives, the questions become more urgent. Ballmer was a better chief executive than his detractors, but if the board did not push him to the line until a successor firm, and soon, the directors are falling on the job.
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