Gates steps down

There will be an interview up this afternoon with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on Channel 9.
News.com is reporting that Gates is stepping down from a full-time role. They are meeting right now with employees (I'm not listening cause I am speaking to a bunch of Venture Capitalists in Silicon Valley and am doing some other things).

139 thoughts on “Gates steps down

  1. I wonder if the charity bus stalls if Bill will need to pull over roll the windows up and down with the ignition in the accessory position 3 or 4 times then lock the doors and flush the toilet in order to restart the bus?

    Good Luck Bill G.

    Tadd

  2. I wonder if the charity bus stalls if Bill will need to pull over roll the windows up and down with the ignition in the accessory position 3 or 4 times then lock the doors and flush the toilet in order to restart the bus?

    Good Luck Bill G.

    Tadd

  3. I wonder if the charity bus stalls if Bill will need to pull over roll the windows up and down with the ignition in the accessory position 3 or 4 times then lock the doors and flush the toilet in order to restart the bus?

    Good Luck Bill G.

    Tadd

  4. Hard to imagine what microsoft will look like without him, he can do a lot of good with charities now, but .. maybe he knows Vista will be a failure and he doesn’t want to take credit lol

  5. Hard to imagine what microsoft will look like without him, he can do a lot of good with charities now, but .. maybe he knows Vista will be a failure and he doesn’t want to take credit lol

  6. Hard to imagine what microsoft will look like without him, he can do a lot of good with charities now, but .. maybe he knows Vista will be a failure and he doesn’t want to take credit lol

  7. Interesting to see what happens to his software design. The big example of how his personality impacts upon his software (for me, but I’m biased as a voice & presentation skills trainer) is in PowerPoint. BG’s great at what he does but what he does is… push in lots of features: that’s how he works.

    It’s how all geeks worth and God bless ‘em for it. But that’s not the right way with presentation software. That needs to be written from a user-perspective more than any other package, because most users don’t want to be – not many people like giving presentations, so they use the software to hide behind.

    Couple that fear with the tendency of the software to encourage you to think in a certain way (lots of detail, bullit points etc.) and you’ve got a recipie for a bad presentation.

    …. and I think that stems from the top at MS.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens…..

    Simon

  8. Interesting to see what happens to his software design. The big example of how his personality impacts upon his software (for me, but I’m biased as a voice & presentation skills trainer) is in PowerPoint. BG’s great at what he does but what he does is… push in lots of features: that’s how he works.

    It’s how all geeks worth and God bless ‘em for it. But that’s not the right way with presentation software. That needs to be written from a user-perspective more than any other package, because most users don’t want to be – not many people like giving presentations, so they use the software to hide behind.

    Couple that fear with the tendency of the software to encourage you to think in a certain way (lots of detail, bullit points etc.) and you’ve got a recipie for a bad presentation.

    …. and I think that stems from the top at MS.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens…..

    Simon

  9. Interesting to see what happens to his software design. The big example of how his personality impacts upon his software (for me, but I’m biased as a voice & presentation skills trainer) is in PowerPoint. BG’s great at what he does but what he does is… push in lots of features: that’s how he works.

    It’s how all geeks worth and God bless ‘em for it. But that’s not the right way with presentation software. That needs to be written from a user-perspective more than any other package, because most users don’t want to be – not many people like giving presentations, so they use the software to hide behind.

    Couple that fear with the tendency of the software to encourage you to think in a certain way (lots of detail, bullit points etc.) and you’ve got a recipie for a bad presentation.

    …. and I think that stems from the top at MS.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens…..

    Simon

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  11. I am happy that Bill Gates is going to focus on charity works more. I am sure he can win over there too. However, I wonder if he is going to join Linux movement to give everyone a free operating system. Really, that can be a great charity work.

  12. I am happy that Bill Gates is going to focus on charity works more. I am sure he can win over there too. However, I wonder if he is going to join Linux movement to give everyone a free operating system. Really, that can be a great charity work.

  13. I am happy that Bill Gates is going to focus on charity works more. I am sure he can win over there too. However, I wonder if he is going to join Linux movement to give everyone a free operating system. Really, that can be a great charity work.

  14. All wrong. It is 100% fact that BillG was made aware of the “Scoble quits Microsoft” brouhaha early last weekend and immediately felt unable to continue in the absence of his Blogger in Chief. “Once Robert decided to leave us, it just didn’t seem worth it anymore” Gates has said.

    Hahahaa. Thats what I was thinking. Scoble will Gates miss you that much? :)
    I think its a beautiful love story.

  15. All wrong. It is 100% fact that BillG was made aware of the “Scoble quits Microsoft” brouhaha early last weekend and immediately felt unable to continue in the absence of his Blogger in Chief. “Once Robert decided to leave us, it just didn’t seem worth it anymore” Gates has said.

    Hahahaa. Thats what I was thinking. Scoble will Gates miss you that much? :)
    I think its a beautiful love story.

  16. All wrong. It is 100% fact that BillG was made aware of the “Scoble quits Microsoft” brouhaha early last weekend and immediately felt unable to continue in the absence of his Blogger in Chief. “Once Robert decided to leave us, it just didn’t seem worth it anymore” Gates has said.

    Hahahaa. Thats what I was thinking. Scoble will Gates miss you that much? :)
    I think its a beautiful love story.

  17. (Duh – s/successor/predecessor/ and add a missing double quote before ‘Ever since’. I hate web forms.)

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  20. The following just fell through a timewarp:

    Dateline Seattle, July 2008: Hot on the heels of this month’s release of the Windows VAST! Operating System, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced his retirement. “It’s been a hell of a year,” he told Apple iNews Director of Publicity Robert Scoble, in an exclusive interview. Ever since we moved to a one-per-month OS release cycle last year, MS has been a hive of activity. I’m 52 now; it’s time I spent more time with my family. I can’t keep up like I used to.” Commentators note that the company’s fortunes improved dramatically after Gates took the decision, finally revealed with the release of Windows Vista one year ago, to replace the ageing Windows NT underpinnings with the much more advanced Red Hat Linux 12 ‘Chapeau’ core. The Microsoft share price rose sharply after the announcement and has continued to soar, apart from a slight dip in October when the company acquired and broke up its rival Google in a deal rumoured to be worth USD$1.

    Microsoft’s new chairman, Gilert Amelio, expressed his best wishes for his successor.

  21. The following just fell through a timewarp:

    Dateline Seattle, July 2008: Hot on the heels of this month’s release of the Windows VAST! Operating System, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced his retirement. “It’s been a hell of a year,” he told Apple iNews Director of Publicity Robert Scoble, in an exclusive interview. Ever since we moved to a one-per-month OS release cycle last year, MS has been a hive of activity. I’m 52 now; it’s time I spent more time with my family. I can’t keep up like I used to.” Commentators note that the company’s fortunes improved dramatically after Gates took the decision, finally revealed with the release of Windows Vista one year ago, to replace the ageing Windows NT underpinnings with the much more advanced Red Hat Linux 12 ‘Chapeau’ core. The Microsoft share price rose sharply after the announcement and has continued to soar, apart from a slight dip in October when the company acquired and broke up its rival Google in a deal rumoured to be worth USD$1.

    Microsoft’s new chairman, Gilert Amelio, expressed his best wishes for his successor.

  22. The following just fell through a timewarp:

    Dateline Seattle, July 2008: Hot on the heels of this month’s release of the Windows VAST! Operating System, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced his retirement. “It’s been a hell of a year,” he told Apple iNews Director of Publicity Robert Scoble, in an exclusive interview. Ever since we moved to a one-per-month OS release cycle last year, MS has been a hive of activity. I’m 52 now; it’s time I spent more time with my family. I can’t keep up like I used to.” Commentators note that the company’s fortunes improved dramatically after Gates took the decision, finally revealed with the release of Windows Vista one year ago, to replace the ageing Windows NT underpinnings with the much more advanced Red Hat Linux 12 ‘Chapeau’ core. The Microsoft share price rose sharply after the announcement and has continued to soar, apart from a slight dip in October when the company acquired and broke up its rival Google in a deal rumoured to be worth USD$1.

    Microsoft’s new chairman, Gilert Amelio, expressed his best wishes for his successor.

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