Ray Ozzie

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.

Posts With Ray Ozzie

Will Microsoft Name Its CEO Before the New Year? Weary Employees Hope for Even Sooner. (Poll)

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth — and a new leader.

Ballmer at D: The Bold, the Brash and the Bombastic (Video)

The D conference video archives attest to the fact that, through the years, Steve Ballmer was always quotable and never in doubt.

For Ballmer, Resistance Was Futile

The other shoe in Microsoft’s transformation just dropped.

HP Names Former Microsoft Exec Ray Ozzie and Two Others to Board

Also appointed: Former CEOs from McDonald’s and LIberty Media.

With Spindle, Ex-Microsoft Engineers Rethink the Social Discovery App

A new app aims to take on the problem of search in a very social context.

A PC by Any Other Name

People argue about, are we in a post-PC world. Why are we arguing? Of course we’re in a post-PC world, but that doesn’t mean the PC dies. That just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to these other things. But it’s still general computation.

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s former technology chief

A Tiny Bit More on Ray Ozzie’s New Start-up, Cocomo

The Lotus Notes creator and Groove founder is hiring for his latest project, an effort that pairs him with some old colleagues. However, Ozzie is remaining tight-lipped on just what he is up to.

Gmail Founder Says Chrome OS Is DOA

The founder of Gmail is taking a dim view of Google’s Chrome OS, predicting that by next year the project will either have been killed or merged with Android. In a series of posts on FriendFeed, Paul Buchheit argues that the Web-based operating system brings little to the table that Android can’t do better.

Microsoft Earnings Today (With Lots of Questions About Apple iPad's Impact on the PC)

Later today after the markets close, Microsoft will make its first-quarter earnings announcement, which a consensus of analysts expect to show earnings of 55 cents a share on $15.8 billion in revenue. That’s a big lift from the year before, of course, when earnings were 40 cents a share and revenues were lower. Nonetheless, Wall Street has been downgrading Microsoft’s stock, mostly due to worries about the surging popularity of the Apple iPad, the introduction of even more upcoming tablets and the trend’s overall impact on PC and, especially, netbook sales that run the company’s software.

Ray Ozzie Leaving Microsoft

Ray Ozzie, who joined Microsoft five years ago as chief software architect and played a large role in developing the company’s cloud service offerings, is retiring. CEO Steve Ballmer said Ozzie will stay with the company through a transition period, but has no specific plans after that.

Ballmer: With or Without YHOO

Microsoft Announces Live Mess

Microsoft Opens Up