Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie gave a speech last month that is worth pondering. In it he said that there is “a sea change going on in the industry” and “one of the things I’ve been working on is driving a services vision throughout the company.”
While Ray Ozzie has been keeping details of his Software as a Service platform quiet, some small bits of information are emerging from other members on his team. Two of his direct reports, David Treadwell and Amitabh Srivastava are both listed as working on developing the next generation Live services platform known as Windows Live Core:
“This start-up effort will define the vision and create the implementation for cloud-based platform services that will allow the creation of compelling applications that make deep use of network-based information.”
Other members of the Windows Live Core team that we’ve tracked down include David Cutler, who led the development of Windows, Abolade Gbadegesin, former architect of networking in Windows Vista and Elissa Murphy, Principal PM for Windows Live Core. This team has “joined Ray Ozzie to focus on next generation cloud services; to build an highly efficient computing fabric for Microsoft data centers and a services platform for agile development of high-quality cloud services.”
I am encouraged by the idea that Ray is out there trying to boil the Microsoft ocean. More fuel, Bill!