Chief Software Architect
Ozzie, an industry pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work, is Microsoft's chief software architect. He assumed the role in June 2006, when chairman Bill Gates announced his intent to relinquish his day-to-day Microsoft responsibilities in 2008.
Ozzie came to Microsoft in April 2005 when the company acquired Groove Networks, a next-generation collaboration software company he founded in 1997. Prior to Groove, Ozzie was a founder and president of Iris Associates, where he created and led the development of Lotus Notes.