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Where's Waldo?

Or, more precisely, where in the world is Ray Ozzie? Outside of an appearance at the Web-centric Mix07 developer event in Las Vegas this April, Microsoft's chief software architect and presumed successor to Bill Gates hasn't been featured at any of Microsoft's major conferences.

We're reading tea leaves here, but it seems that much of the early light and heat of Ozzie's arrival in Redmond has burned off. Meanwhile, CEO Steve Ballmer is taking center stage at key events like Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, going on now in Denver.

Could it be that Ozzie's vision for Microsoft, one founded on the openness and innovation implied by Live Clipboard and similar projects, has bogged down?

Tell us what you think. E-mail me at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 07/11/2007 at 1:15 PM

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