Microsoft legend Ray Ozzie wants to kill the conference call

We haven’t heard from Ray Ozzie in a while, which is unusual. Ozzie has been a very busy man since the early 80s — he worked on VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet app, invented Lotus Notes and sold it to IBM for billions, then founded Groove Networks, a peer-to-peer collaboration app, which he sold to Microsoft in 2005. In 2006, Ozzie took the reins from Bill Gates as Microsoft’s chief software architect.

It’s quite the resume. Five years have past since Ozzie left Microsoft, but he hasn’t retired. He’s been pursuing an old vision disguised as a new one. It turns out that Ozzie wasn’t finished with the problems Groove set out to solve. The app prophesied a new age of internet services where you could share files, instant message, and…

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