.Â In an email to employees today, CEO Steve Ballmer has announced that Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is leaving Microsoft:
â€¦Ray and I are announcing today Rayâ€™s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization â€“ bringing the great innovations and great innovators heâ€™s assembled into the groups driving our business. Following the natural transition time with his teams but before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments. We have tremendous opportunities in the entertainment space overall, and Iâ€™m excited about what we can accomplish. Beyond that, Ray has no plans at this time. While heâ€™ll continue to report to me during the transition, the CSA role was unique and I wonâ€™t refill the role after Rayâ€™s departure. We have a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market.
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