He plays the role effectively even in hostile territory, as he did when making the keynote address in 2001 to an overwhelmingly anti-Microsoft crowd at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference in San Diego.
Now Mundie will need to navigate the new corporate politics of a Microsoft without Bill Gates at its center. Mundie acknowledges that authority in the company will become more distributed. But don't be fooled by the diplomatic nature. Mundie says Gates "built a company in his own image," and the fiercely competitive atmosphere he nurtured won't soften. "That culture will carry forward for a long period of time," says Mundie, who worked alongside Gates managing Microsoft strategy and policy for eight years.
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