Whenever I hear the word Microsoft, I always think of Bill Gates. They are two words that go together, like peanut butter and jelly. Anything different paired with Microsoft would be like putting peanut butter with mustard…yuck! With the announcement today that Bill Gates will be giving up his duties at Microsoft, what will he be doing to fill his time? He will still remain chairman of the company, but plans to devote his time to the Bill and Melinda Foundation with assets totaling a whopping 20.1 billion dollars.
The foundation which he will be devoting his time to has been making a large impact on the world as far as public health is concerned; leading the fight against HIV and other diseases. Here in the U.S. they have become a voice for the reformation of education (something that is in desperate need of attention) and accessing technology in libraries.
In all reality, will this move make much of a difference in the land of Microsoft? The company is filled with many great leaders to keep them moving along. Bill was quoted as saying [The world] “has had a tendency to focus a disproportionate amount of attention on me, Microsoft is a company with an extraordinary depth and breadth of talent.” With that said, there doesn’t seem to be a reason to believe that Microsoft will be drastically changing any time soon. What will be missed are the Bill Gates public appearances like WinHEC. He is a phenomenal public speaker and seems to be able to get just about anybody excited about technology.
One thing is for sure, the world is a better place because of him. It seems like an appropriate time for him to move on and shift his focus to a great cause and something he seems to have a lot of passion for.
Pictured: Bill Gates with Ray Ozzie who will assume Gates role as chief software architect.