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June 15, 2006

Gates leaving Microsoft!

Posted by David Hunter at 4:55 PM ET.

From the AP:

Microsoft Corp. said after the bell Thursday that Chairman Bill Gates will transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The company announced a two-year transition process to ensure that there is a smooth and orderly transfer of Gates’ daily responsibilities, and said that after July 2008 Gates would continue to serve as the company’s chairman and an adviser on key development projects.

More by following the link including Ray Ozzie named Chief Software Architect and Craig Mundie named as Chief Research and Strategy Officer.

Back in January we had mentioned rumblings that Gates had lost his “edge” and was more interested in his charity efforts.

Update: The official press release is here.

Update 2: Microsoft’s Don Dodge has more:

There will be other organizational changes over time. Some changes were announced today. they include…

* Rick Rashid will report to Craig Mundie
* David Vaskevitch, our CTO, will report to Ray Ozzie.

Update 3: CNET”s Scott Ard who attended the press conference reports that Gates made the announcement himself:

Gates explained that he has been working part-time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and full-time for a company that has made him the richest man in the word, and he wished to reverse those priorities.

Filed under Bill Gates, Craig Mundie, David Vaskevitch, Executives, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Rick Rashid

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2 Responses to “Gates leaving Microsoft!”

  1. Say goodbye to WinFS -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] With the announcement of Bill Gates’ planned departure, there was speculation as to the fate of some his pet projects including the perpetually elusive WinFS (”Windows Future Storage”) file system. Well, the other shoe has dropped and WinFS is no more per Quentin Clark’s post on the WinFS team blog (which is also what you get when you head over to Microsoft’s official WinFS Web page): It’s these storage innovations that have matured to the point where we are ready to start working on including them in our broader database product. We are choosing now to take the unstructured data support and auto-admin work and deliver it in the next release of MS SQL Server, codenamed Katmai. This really is a big deal – productizing these innovations into the mainline data products makes a big contribution toward the Data Platform Vision we have been talking about. Doing this also gives us the right data platform for further innovations. [...]

  2. blank pages » Blog Archive » Bill Gates geht Says:

    [...] Ist ja schon manchmal lustig: Bill Gates geht (via David Hunter) und ich kriegs erst zwei Wochen später mit.  Typisch Blogs, auch dann nur um 4 Ecken, als sie WinFS gekillt haben, via Charles Miller, via Simon Phipps, via Tim Bray. [...]

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