Microsoft's brain departs

Microsoft’s post-Gates’ brain, Ray Ozzie has announced that he is cleaning out his desk and going off in search of better things.

Ozzie is the Imperium’s chief software architect and the guy behind the software giant’s move to cloud computing.

His resignation is completely unexpected. Ozzie was handed the top software role by Sir William Gates III himself.

We can be assured that he was tested to take the role. He must have fought at least several dragons and rolled at least a 20 to score a critical hit with his plus 10 Vorple sword before being accepted.

Chief executive Steve Ballmer announced his Ozzie’s departure in an email.

He said that Ozzie would remain with Microsoft during “a transitional period”. We assume the transitional period is the time taken to surgically remove the chair from the part of the body where Steve shoved it.

However Steve said that the Imperium was not looking for anyone to replace him. This indicates it is possible that Ozzie was not loved that much by Steve. Indeed he might even have forgone the chair flinging rite, which is the normal exit interview procedure for those who Steve loves.

The email does give some clues. Ballmer hinted that his relationship with Ozzie was not completely over.

“With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect,” said Ballmer wrote.

Apparently Ozzie is going to focus on “the broader area of entertainment, where Microsoft has many ongoing investments”.

Ozzie’s exit follows a number of senior departures at the Microsoft Imperium.

Business head Stephen Elop left to head up Nokia, while entertainment and devices head Robbie Bach is also planning to leave.

Ozzie joined the firm in 2005 as chief technology officer after his own company was bought out by Microsoft. He pushed the slow moving software elephant until it finally faced the “cloud computing” technology. 

It does leave Microsoft without a brain in the software department, which could be a bit of a worry. However, it does leave Steve Ballmer in total control which must be reassuring to half deaf shareholders.