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Ray Ozzie to Microsoft: "Dawn of a New Day"

by Volker Weber

To: Executive Staff and direct reports
Date: October 28, 2010
From: Ray Ozzie
Subject: Dawn of a New Day

A direct blow into the face of those who want to do business as usual.

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So Microsoft is indeed commited to the cloud ... hmmm, as long as there is an option to run local/private clouds at home/site I'm fine with my next Windows being only a "terminal client" ;-)

P.S.: I guess Sun was ahead of its time when they introduced thin clients a decade ago ... Microsoft should look out for Oracle if their "vision" doesn't happen like proposed :D

Sebastian Herp, 2010-10-25

It is a direct blow into some peoples faces but an extremely polite and quite impressive one.

To me it reads as "feel free to give me a call once you have made up your mind".

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2010-10-26

Ray Ozzie created one of the best pieces of software in the industry, Lotus Notes, marking a new category called groupware, which is a pre-cursor to social networking.

I have worked with Notes for almost 20 years now and have to say that this is a tough act to follow. Not many inventors have more than one big success (Steve Jobs is the exception), but I hope Ray tries his hand at one more big thing. His memo sounds like he has an interest in following Groupware -> social networking -> cloud computing to the next big thing "continuous services + connected devices". And he wants to simplify the technology, which he thinks is removing complexity ("Complexity kills").

I translate his vision as a variety of simple devices connected to very sophisticated "continuous services" managed by experts in that area, so the complexity is spread out across various service providers and not resident on any one device.

Interesing ideas, as always, from Ray Ozzie.

Frank Paolino, 2010-10-26

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