You heard it here first: Bill Gates is officially retiring

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by qtip919, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. qtip919 macrumors 6502

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    He has a 2 year transition plan which begins effectively today
     
  2. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, and he will become a part timer ... I wonder if he will be a contract worker? What will he do for health care!!! ;0
     
  3. seabass069 macrumors regular

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    Whether you are a fan of Microsoft or not, Bill Gates has done a tremendous job. Macs/Apple would not be here today if it wasn't for Bill Gates. Did he or did he not borrow technology? Who cares. He definitely improved on the technology and here we are today with Macs that are awesome. We owe a lot to Bill Gates and all that he has done for the computing world. Lets not criticize him as he slowly moves on to things that are far more important than our gaming and internet computers. He is saving lives and that is important. If more people were like Bill Gates and his foundation, we would have a safer world to live in.
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Controversial. What makes you say that?
     
  5. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah. I'd like to hear more from seabass on this.
     
  6. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Bill Gates announced Thursday afternoon he will step down as CEO of Microsoft Corp. and company President Steve Ballmer will take over the CEO role. The changes were to take effect immediately. :eek:
     
  7. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Hell no, Steve Ballmer is worse than Bill Gates!
     
  8. Peace macrumors P6

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    "This is a hard decision," said Mr Gates, adding that he was not retiring but "reordering [his] priorities."

    Mr Gates will continue to serve as the company's chairman and advise on key development projects after July 2008.
     
  9. Peace macrumors P6

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    Steve Ballmer's been CEO for a couple years BTW
     
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    Wow.

    I too would like to hear why you say that.
     
  11. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Funny, that should be about the time Vista SP1 hits the streets. Maybe by then they'll have WinFS available. Bye Bye Billy Boy. I'd walk away in shame as well.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Not true. Ballmer's been the head of MS for years now. I see you posted this lie in the other thread as well.
     
  13. skoker macrumors 68000

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    Apple would have very likely collapsed if Microsuck had not bought out a large part of the company in the '90s. The stock has mostly expired, but there was a bad clause in the deal that allowed Microsoft to 'borrow' the look and feel of the Mac OS, therefore scuttling a Antitrust (I think) lawsuit filled by Apple around '96-ish.
     
  14. jaxstate macrumors 6502a

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    wasn't it Mr. Gate investment in Apple that prevent them from going bankrupt?
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Misinformation Police! Feet back and spread 'em!

    None of this actually happened.
     
  16. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    In a word, no. In two words, hell no.

    Why this bit of mythology persists, I'll never understand.
     
  17. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    To all that say Microsoft's investment in Apple is what saved the company:

    If it weren't for Microsoft, Apple wouldn't have been in a position to need saving in the first place!
     
  18. Peace macrumors P6

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    MS NEVER bought out a large chunk of Apple in the 90's..Bill Gates gave Steve Jobs/Apple Computer $50,000,000 (or something like that) in exchange for adding internet explorer on the Mac desktop...
     
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  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Not quite. I've been playing whack-a-mole with this myth for so long, I developed a cut-and-paste response:

     
  21. Peace macrumors P6

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    Well ya..All that stuff too :p
     
  22. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

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    Heres my 2 cents on Bill Gates. He is a brilliant Businessman. But he does not try and change the world in ways Steve Jobs strives to do. I feel like Bill Gates only wants to make money and does not care about the user experience.

    I am just rambling on because I see Steve Jobs as my first idol and its angers me that he does not get recognized in ways that Bill Gates does. There is no way people would stand in line at 3am to see Bill Gates speak about upcoming Microsoft products.

    Ok, sorry if what I said angers some of you, but I felt like I needed to say something about Bill Gates.

    (Edit: Wow, that didn't make any sense.)
     
  23. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    None of this makes any sense at all.

    A very important part of becoming great in any business is vision. Gates and Ballmer, Jobs, Allen, etc etc all had a vision. They had passion about technology and computers.

    One (Gates) made controversial decisions that proved to be brilliant business strategy (this is with respect to MS DOS)

    Gates is also a grade A genius. He is not a user experience designer, a graphic design specialist or a usability expert. But for his time, and for decades after, he made one brilliant BUSINESS move after another. Meanwhile, the various idiots who drove Apple into the ground have no one to blame but themselves.

    Its nice to see Jobs making Apple great again, but if you want to talk about misinformation, Jobs never invented the ipod. Stick that in your pipe. In reality, Jobs got as lucky with the ipod (not his idea) as Gates did with MS DOS, MS Office, Windows, SQL, Exchange, Outlook, etc, etc, etc,

    As an interesting side note: both MS DOS and iPods have something very interesting in common - both could have been the explict property of IBM. And we could easily be talking about a world in which neither Apple, Microsoft nor the ipod or legal music downloads ever came to exist. Thank the good Lord that no one in IBM has the mental capacity to spot a real winner when they see one...
     

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