Summary Box: Microsoft's Ray Ozzie to depart

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2010 8:32 PM
Summary Box: Microsoft's Ray Ozzie to depart

GOING AWAY: Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates' successor as Microsoft's chief software architect, is leaving the company after five years.

HIS ROLE: Ozzie was asked to figure out how Microsoft could survive the sea change toward software being delivered online. Ozzie came up with the idea for and helped build out Windows Azure, Microsoft's system for building and using software over the Internet.

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LAST STEPS: CEO Steve Ballmer says Ozzie plans to concentrate on "the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments" before he leaves.