Forecast for Microsoft: Partly Cloudy

Ray Ozzie, the chief software architect at Microsoft, bristles when asked whether people think that new versions of his company’s flagship software — like Windows and Office — are exciting.”It’s tremendously exciting,” he exclaims defensively, wheeling back from an office table and allowing his hands to flail. “Are you kidding?”Normally subdued and cerebral, Mr. Ozzie inhabits a spacious office at Microsoft’s headquarters here that feels equal parts Ikea showroom and computer museum. His shelves and desks are uncluttered, and one of the first I.B.M. personal computers ever made sits centered like an artifact atop a long, squat bookcase.

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