Microsoft: Software Chief Steps Down

News has filtered through today, that Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect “Ray Ozzie,” has stepped down from his current position and will be retiring in the next few months. In a role that saw him taking over from predecessor Bill Gates in 2006, Ozzie will be mainly remembered for his work in creating Lotus Notes.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, has reported that Ozzie will not be replaced at any time in the near future. Josh at AppleInsider reported that, in a recent memo Ballmer said, “We have a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market.” As well as Ozzie pushing Lotus Notes forward, he took an active role in cloud computing including the Azure platform and internet services. With the launch of the new Windows Phone 7, some would question whether this is a good time to be losing someone of Ozzie’s calibre.

Tech analysts have been commenting all day from Kim Caughey Forrest at Fort Pitt Capital Group saying, “I don’t think this means much for the future of software development at Microsoft because he didn’t leave a stamp.” Toan Tran at Morningstar said, “Ozzie leaving highlights that Microsoft has been kind of lost in the woods ever since Bill Gates. They let Google solve search, they let Apple figure out smartphones, and Apple is in the process of figuring out non-Windows PC devices with the iPad.”

With indications currently showing that Apple are breaking record amounts of sold iPhone and iPad units, should Microsoft be worried? It seems that since September, news has been highlighted with high powered executives leaving Microsoft and Nokia.

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