What Ozzie Can Do for Microsoft

Expect the new software czar to nudge Microsoft toward open standards support without radically changing the company's core business

The departure of Bill Gates as Microsoft's technology czar puts a heavy load on the shoulders of Ray Ozzie, his replacement as the company's chief software architect. Ozzie, while highly respected, has been with the company only for one year, so he doesn't have the cult-hero status of Gates to help him resolve internal conflicts and rally the troops around a new initiative. But industry observers say he has the management skills to bring much-needed discipline to the vast software development organization and he has a fresh perspective that might make Microsoft (MSFT) a more innovative company.

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