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Ray Ozzie: Five Years at Microsoft

Posted by Scott Kirsner  March 6, 2010 07:14 PM

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Here's some supplemental material related to Sunday's Globe column about Ray Ozzie, the chief software architect at Microsoft, and his five-year tenure there.

- A few months after Microsoft bought Ozzie's start-up Groove Networks, I drove up to Beverly to chat with Ozzie about his career in tech. Audio from that chat is here.

- My Globe colleague Rob Weisman interviewed Ozzie in 2006, when he hit the one-year mark with Microsoft.

- For that piece, Bill Gates discussed Ozzie's role at Microsoft in an e-mail.

- Wired Magazine ran a lengthy piece in late 2008 titled "Ray Ozzie wants to push Microsoft back into start-up mode."

- The writer of that piece, Steven Levy, conducted an on-stage interview with Ozzie last summer about cloud computing, for the Churchill Club.





- Microsoft Bing offers this bird's eye view of Ozzie's oceanfront estate in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

- And Ozzie had a brief cameo in this video Microsoft made for the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show about "Bill Gates' Last Day at Microsoft." (About 5:35 in.)


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