Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie To Step Down As Chief Software Architect
Microsoft has just announced that Ray Ozzie, the company’s Chief Software Architect is stepping down from this position.
Ozzie assumed the chief software architect’s role in June 2006. In his role, Ozzie was responsible for oversight of the company’s technical strategy and product architecture. Prior to this role, Ozzie was chief technical officer from April 2005 to June 2006. He assumed that position in April 2005 after Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, a next-generation collaboration software company he formed in 1997.
Google Puts the Emphasis on Location in Search
With a few tweaks and an interface change, Google has placed location and location-based search front-and-center in its search engine.
The big change, announced earlier today on Google Blogs, is thatGoogle has moved the user location setting to the left-hand panel of the search engine results page. This feature automatically detects your current location and tailors search results based on that.
The change rolls out starting today and will be available to users in 40+ languages sometime soon.
Apple releases Q4 results: $20.34B revenue, $4.31B profits Apple reports earnings of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 a share, in the fiscal fourth quarter, versus $1.82 a share in the year-ago quarter.
3.89 million Macs, 14.1m iPhones (almost 2x the previous year’s number), 4.19m iPads sold in Q4. During Apple’s earnings call yesterday, Jobs pointed out that open systems don’t always win.
But he also tried to reframe the debate. Open versus closed is a smokescreen, he argues. Google likes to characterize Android as open and iOS as closed. We think this is disingenuous. The real difference between the iPhone and Android is, he says, integrated versus fragmented.
Android chief Andy Rubin responded with his first tweet. (See image)