Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

Summary: For being a social-media fan, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie hasn't been big on sharing publicly via blogging or Twitter. But on October 14, after a four-year hiatus, Ozzie started a new blog.

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For being a social-networking fan, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie hasn't been big on sharing publicly via blogging or Twitter.

But on October 14, after a four-year hiatus, Ozzie started a new blog. (He's at the head of the pack in the Windows Live Spaces to WordPress migration.)

His first new post is notable on a couple of fronts. Ozzie used his "I'm back" post to reminisce about an "artifact" he stumbled on recently -- a folder of collateral from the Windows 1.0 launch event. He scanned the materials and posted them to a shared Docs.com site, where anyone can peruse them. (Ozzie also has posted his famous "Internet Services Disruption" memo that he wrote shortly after he joined Microsoft in 2005, as another shared document on the new blog.)

Ozzie noted that November 20, 2010 is the 25th anniversary of Windows. (Next week also marks the one-year anniversary of Windows 7, by the way.)

Ozzie's latest pet project is Docs.com, which is a mash-up between Facebook and Office Web Apps that Microsoft introduced in April, 2010. On October 14, Microsoft added a new feature to Docs.com -- browser-based PDF reading support.

Today's Docs.com update also includes the addition of "full text document search with social document ranking." (English translation, as explained by the FUSE Labs folks working on Docs.com: "Searching docs.com for 'Economics' will now reveal not only all documents tagged with the term, but all docs containing 'economics' as well.) Other additions: New user-generated templates functionality and a bulk Silverlight document uploader.

The Docs.com folks are hardly the only Microsoft team working closely with Facebook engineers. Yesterday, Microsoft and Facebook unveiled new social-search features that are coming to Bing and Facebook that the two developed together.

Topics: Windows, Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • HA! Great post MJ

    Watch for the space below to fill up fast!
    Since things are not well in Redmond, I think it may be that he is the only one left with the authority to make public statements!
    CustomComputers
    • RE: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

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  • RE: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

    I doubt many will post, Microsoft fans and foes are like Republican and Democrat. Defending your side and bashing your opponent is more important than real facts. So, a Microsoft Software Architect, that only blogs using Microsoft tools, and then claims to be making objective statements about Microsoft. Well, he's about as interesting as John McCain.
    Socratesfoot
    • RE: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

      @Socratesfoot That must mean he's twice as interesting as Barack Obama! :-)
      Tiggster
      • wow. who knew!

        First time on my blog we've talked politics (other than Windows vs. Apple vs. Linux) I think. Or maybe the OS debate is more religion than politics... In any case, a milestone! MJ
        Mary Jo Foley
      • RE: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

        @Tiggster
        Oh snap! Good one!!!
        rjohn05
    • RE: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie starts blogging (again)

      @Socratesfoot
      Socratesfoot, what he posted was a PDF? Last time I checked, that wasn't a Microsoft format.. Don't be so obvious in your bias :)
      rainshadow
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