マイクロソフトのチーフソフトウェアアーキテクトとして同社のクラウド戦略に大きく貢献し、Windows Azureの開発でもリーダーシップをとってきたレイ・オジー氏が退職することが明らかになりました。


Steve Ballmer E-mail to Employees on Ray Ozzie Transition


From: Steveb
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010
To: Microsoft – All Employees
Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition

今年の3月は、マイクロソフトにとって重要なマイルストーンを刻んだ月だ。ワシントン大学でのスピーチで(私、スティーブ・バルマーは)、クラウド時代が到来したとき「私たちにはすべてが揃っている(we're ‘all in’)」と世界中にメッセージを発したからだ。

スピーチのなかでは、約5年前のレイの「Internet Services Disruption memo(インターネットサービスの破壊力)」について言及した。そしてそれ以来の彼の働きは全社に対して大きな刺激となり、クラウド化への重要な役割を果たしてくれた。

この5年間、私たちはクラウドとサービスの分野に注目し、多くを達成してきた。Windows LiveはWindowsとOfficeを補完するWebベースのサービスとなり、SharePointとExchangeはクラウド対応となった。そしてWindows Azureの着想、育成、指導によって、レイはこれから何年ものあいだ、マイクロソフトのいたるところで、あるいは顧客により、アプリケーションレベルでの革新を実現する、きわめてリッチなプラットフォームを得ることを確かなものにしてくれた。


レイと私は今日、レイが現在の役割であるChief Software Architectを辞任する意向であることを発表する。彼は、彼のチームや進行中のプロジェクトの移行作業のあいだ会社にとどまる。それらは大きな革新とそれを進める人たちを内包しており、わたしたちのビジネスを前進させてくれるだろう。








(翻訳にあたり、Agile Cat氏のブログ「Microsoft を去る Ray Ozzie へ、Steveb からのメール」を参考にさせていただきました。ありがとうございます)


From: Steveb
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010
To: Microsoft – All Employees
Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition

This past March marked a significant milestone for the company when, in a speech at the University of Washington, I sent a message to the world that we’re ‘all in’ when it comes to the cloud. In that speech I noted that Ray’s Internet Services Disruption memo nearly five years ago, and his work since, stimulated thinking across the company and helped catalyze our drive to the cloud.

As a company, we’ve accomplished much in the past five years as we look at the cloud and services. Windows Live now serves as a natural web-based services complement to both Windows and Office. SharePoint and Exchange have now decidedly embraced the cloud. And by conceiving, incubating and shepherding Windows Azure, Ray helped ensure we have a tremendously rich platform foundation that will enable app-level innovation across the company and by customers for years to come.

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. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization - bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business. Following the natural transition time with his teams but before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments. We have tremendous opportunities in the entertainment space overall, and I’m excited about what we can accomplish. Beyond that, Ray has no plans at this time. While he’ll continue to report to me during the transition, the CSA role was unique and I won’t refill the role after Ray’s departure. We have a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market.

While Ray will be onboard for a while, I’d like to thank him today for his contributions to Microsoft, both as a leader and as a long-time Microsoft ISV. As an early ISV, Ray contributed significantly to the early success of Windows. Since being at Microsoft, both through inspiration and impact he’s been instrumental in our transition toward a software world now centered on services. He’s always been a ‘maker’ and a partner, and we look forward to our continuing collaboration as his future unfolds. Ray has played a critical role in helping us to assume the leadership position in the cloud, and positioned us well for future success.

Please join me in thanking Ray and wishing him well.


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