When Bill Gates handed over software development control to Ray Ozzie a number of years ago, he probably never imagined that a loyal senior management compatriot would drop a stinky memo in the press box before walking out the door.
The floating air biscuit wafted through the Church of the Almighty Software Company just as it did through Internet airwaves these past two business days, while reactions from internal employees to Microsoft as well as customers could be summarized as both shock and awe. In a word, Ozzie labeled the era of the PC as "dead".
His views tended to support the strategic direction that Microsoft's closest competitor, Apple had taken with bringing more mobile platforms to market based solely on consumer demand. He might be right in the long tern, but then there was that fart, slapping Mr. Gates in the face filling up his nostrils in the mean time. Smells good, eh?
It is unclear if Ozzie plans to venture out again into the business world, but this error in business decorum pretty much seals the deal on his willingness to tow the company line. Still, we're not sure if you can even admire a man willing to drop his pants and let it fly, when somebody else is left to clean that mess up.
"Hmm. Nutty with an air of rotting cabbage. Pungent, yet unassuming. My eyes are watering even now".