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Monday, January 07, 2008

Bill Gates Will Resign from Microsoft

If you still haven't heard of it, Bill Gates will retire as Chief Software Architect and Chairman of Microsoft this coming July 2008. He will be working part-time for Microsoft while working full-time for the foundation he and his wife Melinda founded. He announced his resignation last week in a press conference.

As of July 2008, Gates will transition from his day-to-day role as Chief Software Architect and Chairman of Microsoft to just being the Chairman. Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume the title of Chief Software Architect and begin working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities while Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie will immediately take the new title of Chief Research and Strategy Officer.

"I don't know what it's going to feel like not to come in every day and work 10 hours," Gates said. "I have a sense of what it's like to do foundation work because I've squeezed that in part time, but I think it will probably take me a while, just like six years ago when I switched off from CEO. It might take me a year and a half to get used to my role. That's a little bit of an unknown now and because I've got two years, I don't even really want to go there now, because I'll figure it out when I get there."


Anonymous said...

Maybe Windows will be better with him gone?

Joel Badinas said...

or maybe Microsoft will be sold to Google. (^_^)

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