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The Code Project Insider linked to an article reporting that Ray Ozzie is leaving Microsoft (ironically titled Microsoft visionary Ray Ozzie heads out the door) - Link[^]. Now, ignoring the fact that this "visionary" was the numptie responsible for Bloatus Groans, who is going to assume the role of Chief Software Architect? Intriguingly, it seems that nobody is - which does seem to indicate that one of the following two things will happen:
a) Ballmer will be responsible for the technical direction of the company
b) Technology decisions will be decided based on who shouts the loudest and has the coolest project name.
As far as I can see, option 1 means that MS will go bust in 4 years and option 2 means that it will be 3 years.
I have CDO, it's OCD with the letters in the right order; just as they ruddy well should be
I don't think Ballmer will want to relinquish the power so easily. So I agree with this option. Unfortunately, I think Microsoft is trying to move too fast and they have been, and will continue, to make mega-mistakes along the way.
Unfortunately, I think Microsoft is trying to move too fast and they have been, and will continue, to make mega-mistakes along the way.
I think they will likely royally screw up in the mobile space; I hear it's a nice product, but that's not enough. Maybe they can hire Seinfeld again.
The thing with Microsoft is they have SO much money, and are so profitable, that they can afford gigantic screwups and come out fine.
Plus, one area MS does not get enough credit for is the Xbox 360. That thing has changed the way my whole family uses the TV, and we're not alone. I hardly even play video games on it anymore (although I did just get Halo 3 and Fable II finally... yeah, I'm behind the times). The video game market is still largely ignored by mainstream media, for some reason, though it dwarfs hollywood in terms of money. Microsoft has a huge piece of that pie, and that really is thanks to careful planning and positioning in the market. Not to mention a nice product that only sometimes melts a hole in your floor.
He said, "Boy I'm just old and lonely,
But thank you for your concern,
Here's wishing you a Happy New Year."
I wished him one back in return.
Given the cash pile that Microsoft has, neither of those is going to happen quickly. There's still huge swathes of industry that are dependent on Microsoft software, and will keep on buying it for years to come.
He got Groove, the same solution in search of a problem, that he's created at every company he's worked for integrated directly into sharepoint. There's nowhere for it to go from there, so he clearly needs to go find another company where he can reinvent the square wheel again.