Former Microsoft executive believes Post-PC world is real, Reveals Startup Cocomo
Ray Ozzie, former chief software architect at Microsoft, says post-PC world is real
Microsoft’s former chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, said this week at a Geekwire Q&A summit that the world is definitely moving into a Post-PC era (though called it “PC-plus”).
However, Ozzie also said that the market for computing will continue. Rather than companies thinking about the post-PC world, companies should think about what kind of devices consumers want: “we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to them as other things.”
Too Soon To Tell Whether Windows 8 Will Be Successful Or Not
When Ozzie was asked about the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and what he thought about Microsoft and its newest OS, he said that for Microsoft to regain influence it would depend on the success of Windows 8: “It’s all going to be based on whether people buy the product.” He also said it was too soon to tell whether the operating system would be successful.
Ray Ozzie was Bill Gate’s successor as chief software architect, though left Microsoft in 2010 in a surprising move. At the time Microsoft was still lagging behind Amazon and Google in the web. Before that he founded the e-mail application Lotus Notes, and was part of the creative force behind Microsoft’s cloud service Windows Azure.
In the Q&A session, Ozzie also talked slightly about his new company: Cocomo. Earlier this year a job posting for a user interface designer had been posted, along with hiring former colleagues who worked on communications products at Microsoft as well as other companies.
When pressed for information, Ozzie said “I like envisioning tools for new environments.” He said that he’s focusing on mobility, mobiles and tablets.
Ozzie worked at IBM for several years before leaving to form Groove Networks. Groove was acquired by Microsoft in 2005, where he became one of three Chief Technical Officers. That year, he wrote an internal memo saying “our business as we know it is at risk … We must respond quickly and decisively.” It was in 2006 when he became Chief Software Architect, following Bill Gates.
In 2009 he founded FUSE Labs (Future Social Experiences) to focus on future social web experiences.