Bill Gates: Leaves Microsoft
Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, who is the harbinger of new phase of software industry, has spent his last day at office on Friday.
Paul Allen, who teamed up with Gates to start Microsoft in a garage in the year 1975, is amongst those who has bestowed special honor to his childhood friend at a gala dinner party.
After decades of devoting time to Microsoft, Bill Gates has taken the decision of turning his attention on a full time basis to the philanthropic ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ that he has established along with his wife.
More news about Bill Gates has been inferred from quite a number of sources. According to them, he is leaving Microsoft in order to fight with a ‘fast-changing’ computer era. Also he wants to remain aloof from the growing challenges from Internet juggernaut Google and also longtime rival Apple that make Macintosh computers. .
3 people will essentially fill the void that Bill Gates is going to leave behind at Microsoft.
Gate's job as chief software architect is being handled by Ray Ozzie.
Craig Mundie inherited Gate's chief research and strategy officer duties, while Steve Ballmer is CEO at the software colossus that is based on Redmond, Washington.
Bill Gates continues to hold the post of chairman of the Microsoft board of directors and its largest shareholder.
Bill Gates is leaving Microsoft at a crucial juncture when "cloud computing" is shaking the packaged software foundation on which the whole of prosperity and fortune are dependant.
Cloud computing refers to a trend in which firms like ‘Google and Salesforce.com’ are giving opportunities to all the people to use programs on the internet instead of installing and maintaining software on their own machines.
Competition between two companies like Microsoft and Apple is quite common in Silicon Valley. The culture-shifting popularity of Apple's iPods and iPhones is credited with rising interest of the people for the Macintosh machines.
In order to compete with Apple's market-dominating iPods Bill Gates’ Microsoft have started selling of Zune brand MP3 players in the month of September 2006. However the devices have lost popularity.
Microsoft has failed in a recent bid to buy ‘Yahoo’ for almost fifty billion dollars in order to combine online resources to remain fit to fight out the competition with Google in the blooming internet search and advertising.
Microsoft’s server and tools division along with its entertainment unit, that sells Xbox videogame consoles and gaming software, turns out to be quite profitable.
Bill Gates is expected to maintain the ears of Microsoft leaders. He conferred upon them a legacy that includes focusing in-house teams on what Bill Gates expects to be major technology trends, such as an "Internet tidal wave."
"At some point the firm has to take the essence of what made Bill Gates successful and make sure that is preserved," said Rob Enderle, the analyst of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.