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Bill Gates Offers Microsoft 'Part-Time' Help
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Shane M. O'Neill
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1/22/2014 | 4:00:22 PM
Get outta the way Ballmer
I like how Gates says he'll "help out part-time" as if he's working at a diner. Gates checked out of technology awhile ago; he's all about philanthropy now. As for the possibility of Ballmer leaving the board when new the CEO is chosen. Great idea. In fact, that will probably need to be a pre-requisite for the new CEO to say yes. Would you want Ballmer on your board?
Thomas Claburn
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1/22/2014 | 4:38:41 PM
Re: Get outta the way Ballmer
I imagine the new CEO would prefer not to operate in the shadow of Ballmer (or Gates). The less past executives are involved the better.
dboz555
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1/22/2014 | 5:12:45 PM
I can help
The problem Microsoft is having is the same most companies are having. The business world has done a great job of putting a computer on every desk, but still does not embrace technology to its full potential. This includes technology companies. The business world still does not fully understand how to use technology to make a company better. Sure people see a need and in some cases find a solution, but it stops there.

 

The people of Bill Gates generation are retiring and the people who are coming behind them understand the technology enough on how to use it, but still do not know how to apply it in a business sense. The innovation behind most of the technology is retiring and you are seeing les and les Bill Gates, and more Steve Ballmer's. Flailing in the Wind with little to no innovation. Not understanding of the customer base, leading to not understanding the product.

 

Over the last decade Microsoft themselves created one of their biggest problems; which is they decided to compete with MAC, why I will never figure out. MAC is not competition; they no longer make Network products, software companies still rarely develop software for a MAC, security is not there, and almost every business in the world is Microsoft compatible not MAC compatible. Most companies who are MAC spend a lot of time and money to interface with people outside of their company that are Microsoft. Microsoft should have stayed the course. By the way MAC lost the graphics end of the computer business in 1996 that is why they started using PC graphics by the following year.   
anon3887640480
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1/22/2014 | 5:32:43 PM
Re: Get outta the way Ballmer
I have to disagree. Windows has a huge market share, we owe this to the previous CEOs. And the new Windows 8.x strategy that unifies the Desktop part with the touch part is a winner too, because we finally have productive tablets and hybrids.

 
RobPreston
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1/23/2014 | 9:34:51 AM
Gates' Legacy
It's a testament to Gates' extraordinary philanthropic work that many of us no longer think of him mainly in Microsoft terms but more so in the context of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Whoopty
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1/23/2014 | 10:01:22 AM
Re: Gates' Legacy
Especially considering that he's still being talked about as a potential CEO for the company. It would probably boost confidence a lot in the company if he made a return - as unlikely as that seems. 
TomFLaSusa
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1/23/2014 | 12:09:48 PM
Re: Gates' Legacy
Agree with "anon3887640480," -- Most of the people I talk with regarding Gates do acknowledge his philanthropic work, but connect him to MS first before they do.
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1/23/2014 | 12:29:56 PM
Nothing new
Mr/ Gates has been a part timer at MS for the past several years; he's merely indicating that this isn't going to change.  But the notion that either Gates or Ballmer should resign from the board because their presence indicates that the new CEO won't have a free hand is ridiculous.  The job of a corporate board is to make policy, not to be a rubber stamp for the CEO.  Hence, the presence of two former CEOs on the board should be a relief to a good CEO and a check on a bad one (to misquote Benjamin Franklin).  I am under the impression that there are a lot more than 2 directors.

 

 
Michael Endler
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1/23/2014 | 12:43:01 PM
Re: Gates' Legacy
I agree, Rob. In the late 90s, I remember watching the scene in the South Park movie in which Bill Gates is graphically shot in the head after he unsuccessfully defends Windows 98 to an Army general. At the time, the crowd cheered with approval. While South Park is irreverent as ever, I doubt that such a gag would play so well now. Some people still view Gates as competitive and cutthroat, but his philanthropic work has really cultivated a new, post-Microsoft personna. I won't be surprised if his post-Microsoft days ultimately define his legacy as much as his CEO ones.
TerryB
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1/23/2014 | 12:55:10 PM
Re: Gates' Legacy
I take it you missed the South Park episode this year about the epic battle for market share of gaming between PS 4 and XBox One in Black Friday sales. I don't want to spoil it for people who may not have seen it but suffice it to say Bill makes another appearance.

I guess that says something (gaming, not computers) about where MS is today in much of mainstream.
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