Sunday 18 June 2006

c:>rename bill.gates ray.ozzie

Even outside of geekdom, such is the importance of the Microsoft empire that Bill Gate's planned transition (retirement?) next July even made it into the local paper (but not important enough to make it into their online edition, where its topped by Lack of train amenities loo-dicrous).

But what hasn't had so much attention in the traditional media is that But it has taken the traditional media a little bit longer to pick up on the other part of the annoucement, that "Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume the title of chief software architect and begin working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities".

The Guardian speculates that, "Mr Ozzie's influence is expected to push Microsoft further into highly developed web applications and knowledge sharing programs, areas where Microsoft is feeling the pressure from such companies as Google.

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