Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Man Who Would Change Microsoft: Ray Ozzie's Vision for Connected Software - Knowledge@Wharton

Most extensive Ray Ozzie interview I've seen in quite a while; excerpt:

Knowledge@Wharton:  You've come under some criticism for not being more out in front, stating a clear and concrete vision of where Microsoft is going. Why haven't we heard more details from you about [Microsoft's strategic] roadmap?

Ozzie:  Very good question. There are always trade-offs. This is a style thing -- I tend to like to back up things that I talk about with concrete deliverables. Otherwise, you state things and if they are too far out, it just doesn't resonate well. It's perceived as trying to over-hype something that you aren't delivering.
I have been trying to work internally on some fairly interesting things and we will talk about them as they become more real. We're out there talking about what the most important things are to deliver for the company today, which are Office and Vista. Those are the primary things we are talking about right now.
Are we ready right now to talk about how to change the game in search or how Microsoft might weave services into our various offerings? No, we're not. But we will.

Source: The Man Who Would Change Microsoft: Ray Ozzie's Vision for Connected Software - Knowledge@Wharton

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