Ray Ozzie will leave the Chief Architect position at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 2005. Microsoft published an email Steve Ballmer sent to all Microsoft employees announcing the departure of Ray Ozzie. Mr. Ozzie will stay on during a transition period. Steve Ballmer is not going to find another Chief Architect. He says that this role was unique and that Microsoft has a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group.
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Ray Ozzie is supposed to dabble in Microsoft's entertainment projects before he retires from Microsoft.
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Ray Ozzie assumed the chief software architect's role in June 2006, when Chairman Bill Gates announced his intent to relinquish his Microsoft day-to-day responsibilities. Previously, Ozzie was chief technical officer for the company. He assumed that role in April 2005 after Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, a next-generation collaboration software company Ozzie formed in 1997.