Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Lights a FUSE
Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie has decided that "social" is the way of Microsoft's software future, announcing the creation of Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs, which will focus on the creation of social applications and services. FUSE Labs will combine three other labs, including Microsoft Startup Labs, whose managing director, Reed Sturtevant, has decided to step down.Microsoft's chief software architect Ray Ozzie announced the creation of Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs, which will concentrate on "software and services that are centered on social connectivity, real-time experiences, and rich media," according to material found on Microsoft's Web site. In an Oct. 8 internal memo leaked to several news outlets online, Ozzie wrote that FUSE Labs will "bring more coherence and capability to those advanced development projects where they're already actively collaborating with product groups to help them succeed with 'leapfrog' efforts."
The Labs, which will incorporate around 80 employees from Microsoft Startup Labs, based in Massachusetts, along with the Creative Systems Group and Rich Media Labs. It will be headed by Lili Cheng, previously the director of the Creative Systems Group within Microsoft Research, whose new title will be general manager of FUSE Labs.
"The lab will prioritize efforts where its capabilities can be applied to areas where the company's extant missions, structures, tempo or risk might otherwise cause us to miss a material threat or opportunity," Ozzie wrote.