Bill Gates leaves Microsoft

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by kabunaru, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    Just a quick note to say his departure is as planned, for several years now. It's not like he got fired or anything. ;)
  2. kid rock macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    Southend-on-sea, Essex, England
    bill gates stepping down i think will hit microsoft and im sue he wont be very far away when they need him, i doubt he will be able to let go even on his death bed.

  3. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    He's still spending 2 days a week there I believe.

    Good luck to him and Melinda in their work with the foundation.
  4. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    Working at MS would be more fun than managing a charity pile. Strange decision.
  5. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    End of an era ey. I actually quite like the chap, not as charismatic as Mr Jobs but he sure is talented.
    And I echo the other members, good luck with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    More like extremely lucky. I find it odd that this article makes no mention at all of Gates having had the great fortune of being in precisely the right place at precisely right time, or of the often illegal strong-arm tactics he used to establish Microsoft's place in the market. Now that he's "retiring" from Microsoft we will no doubt see more of these hagiographies.

    Still his departure, planned or not, leaves the company entirely in the hands of Steve Ballmer, a man of very dubious talents indeed.
  7. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Tp paraphrase Norman Schwarzkopf, as far as Steve Ballmer being a great business strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the development arts, nor is he a visionary, nor is he a leader, nor is he a operator. Other than that he's a great businessman.
  8. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    He's solving bigger problems than the ones his software has created!

    As I said, he is still devoting some of his time per week to Microsoft.
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    MS really has made the transition very smooth, though. When SJ retires from Apple, I doubt the separation will be this clean. I expect the stock price to drop like a rock. :p
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    bill gates will never be completely separated from Microsoft. its really just not possible. but its good to see him devote time to other aspects of his life as well.
  11. kabunaru thread starter Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Sorry for off-topic question but who do you think dislikes Apple more: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer? I am just curious and it's a question that popped into my head. :)
  12. mac 2005 macrumors 6502a

    mac 2005

    Apr 1, 2005
    I would say Ballmer. He's a "zero."

    As much as I think Gates allowed Microsoft to steal from Apple, he and Jobs have more in common. They both have an underlying belief in technology as a path to better lives for people. They may differ on how that path should be directed, but I don't see Gates and Jobs being fundamentally different. Remember, it was Jobs that handed Gates the "keys to the kingdom" because Jobs was so afraid of IBM -- and it was Gates who rode to the rescue, so to speak -- with the cash Jobs needed after the disastrous Scully years.

    Also, Gates, in his day, actually coded. Could Jobs do the same -- or do we have Woz to thank for much of what we take for granted?

    Few things in life are as simple as we're led to believe. No computer is perfect, and I would expect that characteristic extends to the the CEO of the computer company in question.
  13. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    kabunaru: Steve Ballmer, no question about it. I understand that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs actually have a healthy admiration & warm feelings toward each other.
  14. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    It'll be interesting to see Microsoft without Bill. Personally I would have retired years ago if I was him :p.

    He's certainly made his mark in history though. I wouldn't doubt hundreds of years from now in addition to kids learning about the lightbulb and the printing press and the cotton gin, kids will be learning about Bill and Microsoft.
  15. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    They love each other.

    Maybe not to the point of holding hands but I can see them sharing an ice cream cone.
  16. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    Enjoy your well deserved retirement from MS Bill!!!!!!
  17. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    I find SJ's future departure from Apple very terrifying. :(
  18. kabunaru thread starter Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    I don't. I would like to see somebody else in charge now. Steve Jobs was good but now I want to see a new leader.
  19. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

    Feb 4, 2007
    CANADA? eh?
    wooo..yes this is good...just hope he "dissapears forever"

    here comes the fall of microsoft just like what Apple did..but is back

    Apple will eventually rule!
  20. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    why? it has to happen sometime. and its obvious that hes been taking a step back in the keynote process, which is a good sign that they know its an inevitability.
  21. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    This is true. Gates will remain the single largest stockholder and a major force on the board. We can also expect him to have substantial personal influence over Ballmer.

    This isn't correct. Remember, Jobs left Apple in 1985, and I don't think you could point to any event at Apple that "handed Gates the keys to the kingdom," at least not prior to 1985. If anyone did that, it was IBM (in 1981), and unwittingly at that. As for the cash, Apple did not need it at the time Microsoft made that payment. This was part of settlement of a long-running patent dispute, not a rescue. Apple had about $1 billion in cash on hand at the time.

    Who cares if Gates ever coded? Did this result in Microsoft being better at writing software than Apple? Honest answer, please!
  22. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Or each their own single earphone off the same Windows Mobile Phone.... :eek:
  23. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Microsoft wont be the same. I am not a fan of Microsoft however they have shaped the IT industry undoubtedly, IMHO the organisation wont be the same without the full direction of Bill.

    Hello Ballmer with a mirror of the Apple Scully years...
  24. kabunaru thread starter Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    No, it did not.

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