On his way out, Ozzie urges Microsoft to embrace ‘post-PC’ world

Apple Online Store“Microsoft Corp’s resident visionary and departing software chief has urged the company to move on from its Windows and Office roots and imagine a ‘post-PC world’ of simple, global Web devices,” Bill Rigby reports for Reuters. Ozzie is “calling on the software giant to envision a future where simplicity is key.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ozzie is leaving because institutional, ingrained, and rampant politics makes everything at Microsoft impossible. Simplicity is not in Microsoft’s DNA.

Rigby reports, “‘Let’s mark this 5-year milestone by once again fearlessly embracing that which is technologically inevitable,’ Ozzie said in a personal blog post addressed to executive staff and direct reports. ‘The next five years will bring about yet another inflection point — a transformation that will once again yield unprecedented opportunities for our company and our industry catalyzed by the huge and inevitable shift in apps and infrastructure that’s truly now just begun.’ That world, Ozzie argues, will be one where users access always-available services through ‘devices that are fundamentally appliance-like by design, from birth. They’re instantly usable, interchangeable and trivially replaceable without loss.'”

MacDailyNews Take: How about, this time, for a change, we let the leaders lead and the copiers follow? Nobody in their right mind wants another multi-decade PC Dark Age of Microsoft-led stagnation, frustration, and immeasurable lost productivity.

Rigby reports, “‘Close our eyes and form a realistic picture of what a post-PC world might actually look like, if it were to ever truly occur,’ wrote Ozzie in a memo posted on his personal blog on Monday. ‘Those who can envision a plausible future that’s brighter than today will earn the opportunity to lead.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Poor bastage wishes so badly that he worked for Apple.

Rigby reports, “In Monday’s blog, Ozzie… goes on to praise competitors for ‘seamless fusion of hardware and software and services,’ which appears to be a nod to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phone system and application marketplaces, which are proving more popular with consumers than Microsoft’s own offerings. ‘Their execution has surpassed our own in mobile experiences,’ said Ozzie.”

MacDailyNews Take: No wonder he’s out at Microsoft: While the delusional minions stage mock funerals and Ballmer T. Clown babbles incoherent nonsense, he can still think clearly. Rigby, unfortunately, indulges in some misguided Mossbergian Android equivocation: Android is what device-makers and carriers are forced to settle for because they do not have access to Apple’s iOS.

Rigby reports, “Ozzie, 54, is working on some of Microsoft’s entertainment projects before retiring from the company in several months. He took over the role of Chief Software Architect from co-founder Bill Gates in 2006.”

Full article here.

66 Comments

  1. The last sentence of the story should be the first:

    Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said there are no plans to appoint a new chief software architect when Ozzie retires.

  2. The last sentence of the story should be the first:

    Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said there are no plans to appoint a new chief software architect when Ozzie retires.

  3. Poor Ray, I bet he tried so hard to turn the wheel of the Titanic, but big Steve Ballmer wouldn’t let him.

    May Steve Ballmer remain in charge for as long as it takes.

  4. Poor Ray, I bet he tried so hard to turn the wheel of the Titanic, but big Steve Ballmer wouldn’t let him.

    May Steve Ballmer remain in charge for as long as it takes.

  5. They had a chance with Ozzie at or near the helm. Fester doesn’t like people who do not cater to his ego. He likes to hear the ship is unsinkable. He likes it a lot.

  6. They had a chance with Ozzie at or near the helm. Fester doesn’t like people who do not cater to his ego. He likes to hear the ship is unsinkable. He likes it a lot.

  7. “…zzie… goes on to praise competitors for ‘seamless fusion of hardware and software and services,’ which appears to be a nod to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phone system and application marketplaces…”

    I’m not a fervent hater of Android/Google, but to put them in the same sentence as Apple in terms of “seamless fusion of hardware and software” as Rigby does is odd. I’m sure the best Android powered hardware is great, but there are too many other devices running on different versions of the OS to be called “seamless”.

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