Microsoft has appointed Ray Ozzie, famed for developing Lotus Notes, as its chief technical officer.
Ozzie will have responsibility for influencing corporate-wide communication and collaboration products and associated platform infrastructure. He will report directly to Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates.
The appointment comes after Microsoft acquired collaborative working software company Groove Networks, which Ozzie founded 1997.
Groove will become part of Microsoft’s information worker group.
The acquisition of Groove is expected to boost Microsoft’s own collaborative packages - built around the Microsoft Office suite.
"The acquisition of Groove complements Microsoft's collaboration offerings to include real-time, server-based and peer-to-peer solutions that address the ever-changing and more-complex work environment," said Jeff Raikes, group vic- president of Microsoft's information worker group.
"Together, Microsoft and Groove will make anytime, anywhere collaboration a more natural and easy extension of how information workers co-ordinate their projects and document-centric work," he said.