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Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie to Step Down

Microsoft Corp. Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, an executive once considered an heir to co-founder Bill Gates, will step down, becoming the third senior executive to announce his resignation in less than five months.

Ozzie, who joined the company in 2005, won’t be replaced because the company has enough other leaders in place, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said today in an e-mail on Microsoft’s website. Ozzie, 54, will be “on board” for a while before departing, Ballmer said.