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Ray Ozzie (born November 20, 1955) is an American software industry entrepreneur who held the positions of Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect at Microsoft between 2005 and 2010.
He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, later moving to Park Ridge, Illinois and graduating from Maine South High School in 1973 where he learned to program on a GE-400 mainframe and did technical work on school theater productions.
He received his bachelor's degree in computer science in 1979 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked on the PLATO system, and began his working career at Data General where he worked for Jonathan Sachs. After leaving Data General, Ozzie worked at Software Arts for Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, the creators of VisiCalc, on that product and TK Solver. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by Sachs and[Mitch Kapor to work for Lotus Development to develop what became Lotus Symphony. Ozzie left Lotus Development in 1984 and founded Iris Associates to create the product later sold by Lotus as Lotus Notes. Iris Associates was acquired by Lotus in 1994, and Lotus itself was acquired by IBM in 1995. Ozzie worked there for several years before leaving to form Groove Networks. Groove was acquired by Microsoft in 2005, where Ozzie became one of three Chief Technical Officers.
Ozzie and his wife, Dawna Bousquet, have two children, Neil Ozzie and Jill Ozzie.
On June 15, 2006, Ozzie took over the role of Chief Software Architect from Bill Gates.
In Oct 2009 he founded FUSE Labs (Future Social Experiences) within Microsoft to focus on innovation around future social web experience.
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- Interview about Groove.
- Microsoft press release on Groove acquisition, with quote from Ozzie
- Ray Ozzie's detailed work history
- Ray Ozzie's pre-Microsoft Weblog
- Microsoft Press Release Announcing Ozzie taking on position of Chief Software Architect
- Ray Ozzie Review An employee's account of a 'Ray Ozzie' review
- Lotus Notes home page.