Ozzie takes Microsoft beyond Windows

by admin May 3, 2007 at 11:32 am

Is it time to start talking about the “new Microsoft”?

At the company’s Mix07 conference this week, the star was Silverlight, a browser plug-in for creating interactive web applications often done with Adobe’s Flash. The parade of announcements surrounding Silverlight, including a video-streaming service, brings to life some significant changes in the way Microsoft designs software.

It also demonstrates how Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Bill Gates’ successor, is making his mark at the software giant.

For years, detractors have complained that, because Microsoft’s primary focus was Windows, its software was not fully in line with industry standards and its commitment for products on other operating systems wavered.

Full story: ZDNet.co.uk