. Â Last week Steve Ballmer announced that Ray Ozzie would be stepping down from his position as Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, and today , Ozzie published a memo he wrote to â€œExecutive Staff and direct reportsâ€, entitled â€œThe Dawn of a New Dayâ€.Â Like â€œThe Internet Services Disruptionâ€œ before it, Ozzieâ€™s latest memo is a dense piece of writing, at times difficult to comprehend.Â Without any context, itâ€™s hard to follow what Ozzie is talking about, or even if he has a point at all.
But there have been rumblings for most of Ozzieâ€™s five year tenure that he was not well liked by certain factions holding power at Microsoft, that he and Steve Ballmer didnâ€™t see eye to eye, and that there has been apparently quite a power play going on between Ozzie and Steven Sinofsky (why is it, by the way, that the most common words associated with Sinofsky seem to be â€œpower playâ€?).Â Ray Ozzie had quite a vision for the future of computing, which he outlined in the Disruption memo, some five years ago.Â His memo outlined key tenets and a set of opportunities for delivering seamless, services based computing, cutting through the complexity of the technology of 2006 (and today):
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