Confirming the previous reports from WSJ and Recode, Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates may get involved in product development at Microsoft after the new CEO was announced. There were multiple reports in the past few days that Satya Nadella will be announced as the new CEO and Bill Gates will step down from his chairman position to get involved in product development. As the board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s next chief executive officer, it’s considering replacing Gates as board chairman, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Gates would remain a director and be involved in product development, focusing less on administration, the people said. He’s weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week, a person briefed on the matter said. Related posts: Report: Microsoft May Name Satya Nadella As Its Next CEO, Gates Will Be Out As Chairman ...

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As Microsoft board is nearing the announcement about its next CEO, there were multiple reports on the discussions going on between board and the likely CEO Satya Nadella. Recode and WSJ both reported that Satya Nadella has requested Microsoft’s board to ask Bill Gates to spend more time on technology and strategy by assisting him as CEO. After the board’s search committee recommended Mr. Nadella, he told the board that a bigger role for Mr. Gates as a close adviser is “what I need to be successful,” the person familiar with the matter said. Since Bill Gates is already focused on his Gates foundation work in addition to being Microsoft’s chairman, it is unlikely that he will accept this new role which Satya demands to board. Recode reports that Bill Gates would step down as chairman in favor of the director John Thompson, as part of the changes. Sources said that ...

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Bill Gates yesterday took part in the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his foundation work and more. He wanted to promote his website, GatesLetter.com, with a viral video. This viral video was aired on TV and you can watch it above. http://www.GatesLetter.com is a new URL to 2014 Gates Annual Letter which talks about 3 myths that affects growth of developing nations. 3 MYTHS THAT BLOCK PROGRESS FOR THE POOR By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this ...

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Bill Gates has said this so many times in the past, he said it again today. What is that? He is not returning to Microsoft for a full-time job and he will continue to work for his foundation for rest of his life. He also said that Microsoft board which is pretty good is continuing its search to find the best possible CEO for Microsoft. Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates discussed about all these on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop” program. Watch the video above. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft Board of Directors launched a search for a replacement for Steve Ballmer, looking both externally and internally from August 23rd last year. Since they’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company and in December revealed that the process is still going on. They identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused their energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals. According to various reports, the 20 individuals included Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner, Stephen Elop, Alan Mullaly, Steve Mollenkopf, Hans Vestberg and others. While the search process might end in the coming weeks/months, everyone believed that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer who are the largest shareholders of Microsoft might stay in the Microsoft’s board for years to come. According to latest report from Recode, despite owning about four percent of the company, people familiar with the situation revealed ...

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Robert W. Wilson, the hedge fund founder who committed suicide at age 87 over the weekend, was known as one of the most active philanthropists in the country. But his style of giving was radically opposed to that of Bill Gates, who asked Wilson to join his Giving Pledge for the ultra-rich — and was rebuffed in a series of caustic emails. In emails from 2010 the hedge fund manager tells Gates that the pledge is essentially “worthless” and that he wants to “stay far away” from his effort. —— Original Message ——- From: Bill Gates To: Robert W. Wilson Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1:03 PM Subject: Giving Pledge discussion Robert, I’m writing to let you know about an idea we’re calling the “Giving Pledge” that came out of a number of conversations that Melinda and Warren and I have had with a number of people over the past ...

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Hal Berenson is a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft who runs a great blog titled Hal2020.  Hal often provides a unique perspective given his experience working at the Redmond software giant during the earlier days of the company from 1994 – 2002 and decades previously spend at the Digital Equipment Corporation.  Mr. Bersenson is predicting that Bill Gates will resign from Microsoft as chairman within the year, I find this difficult to believe, but some logical reasoning is provided.  He also predicts what I have heard from my sources, Alan Mulally will be brought to the board: If you want to know why Bill was so emotional at the recent shareholders meeting it was probably because this was likely his last as Microsoft Chairman, not just Steve Ballmer’s last as CEO. First, this is not about pressure from a couple of investors as was reported a while ago. I believe Bill ...

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By now I’m sure you have seen the CBS 60 Minutes report by Charlie Rose, featuring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showing off a drone delivery system for packages.  At best, the project is 5 years down the line, and it has now been widely reported the news report was a commercial to help Amazon on Cyber Monday. Huffington Post: First Victim of Amazon Drones: The Credibility of CBS and 60 Minutes Breitbart: Media Duped By Amazon’s Spectacular Drone Ploy Many people asked why Bezos personally bought the Washington Post, I think we now know why.  Interesting to note, Amazon is also building a datacenter for the CIA, an organization that is a fan of drones too.  But these discussions are beyond the scope of this blog, onto the main topic at hand. Former Microsoft CEO and current chairman of the software giant Bill Gates weighed in to throw his support behind Amazon’s drone ...

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Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting is going on today.  Bill Gates made a very brief statement on the CEO search.  It seemed to me he originally planned to say a little more, but emotions got the best of him. Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next year. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted external candidates list. Also the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. More tidbits may come out of the meeting, we’ll have full coverage throughout the day. via: The Verge ...

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Reuters today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and retiring Chief Executive Steve Ballmer are standing for re-election to Microsoft board of directors. Even though this is not a surprise news for lot of us, the investors who are trying to reduce the influence of Gates and Ballmer in the company won’t be happy to hear this news. Ballmer announced last August about his plan to retire within 12 months in August and Microsoft’s board is searching for a new CEO from both inside and external candidates. Reuters also reported that it is highly likely both Gates and Ballmer will be re-elected by shareholders at the annual meeting on November 19. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer still own a significant share of Microsoft. While Bill Gates remains the company’s largest individual shareholder, with a 4.5 percent stake, Steve Ballmer is not far behind with 4 percent. If Bill Gates continues to sell shares of ...

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A federal court appeals ruled on Monday that Microsoft did not violate antitrust laws nearly 20 years ago against Novell.  “Novell complains that Microsoft refused to share its intellectual property with rivals after first promising to do so. But the antitrust laws rarely impose on firms — even dominant firms — a duty to deal with their rivals,” according to a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel. “With respect to Novell at least, Microsoft did nothing unlawful.” Novel can appeal this decision and eventually may even end up at the Supreme Court. “Naturally we are disappointed by the decision issued today by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and are considering next steps,” said Jim Lundberg, Novell vice president. “Ultimately this decision will have no effect on our day-to-day operations nor our company’s vision for current and future Novell customers.” This ruling affirms affirms U.S. District Judge J. Frederick ...

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Bill Gates had a chat with David Rubenstein, Harvard Campaign co-chair for a Harvard fundraising campaign. In that Gates revealed that it was a mistake to force users to use hold down “Ctrl+Alt+Del” to log into their computers and he also blamed IBM for doing so. “You want to have something you do with the keyboard that is signaling to a very low level of the software — actually hard-coded in the hardware — that it really is bringing in the operating system you expect, instead of just a funny piece of software that puts up a screen that looks like a log-in screen, and then it listens to your password and then it’s able to do that,” Gates said. The Microsoft co-founder said that there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single ...

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Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft in 2008 and devoted to most of his time to philanthropic activities since then.  Gates is still chairman of the board at Microsoft is the company’s largest shareholder, owning roughly 8% of the company and has been working closely with Ballmer lately on the re-org plan. Gates will be keynoting the the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on July 15 and 16.  Four hundred elite academic investigators will gather at the event in Redmond, Washington, to explore the future with Microsoft researchers.  This will be Gates first appearance back since 2005. Gates will address the role of computing in solving global problems, and then take questions from the in-person audience and online viewers. The keynote will be rebroadcast later in the day, but if you have a question for this leader in computing and philanthropy, be sure to view live at 9 a.m. PT on ...

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In an interview to CNBC along with his friend Warren Buffet, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that a lot of iPad users are frustrated. When asked about the future of computing with the arrival of tablets replacing PCs, Gates gave a typical Microsoft answer that Windows 8 was designed to work with both tablets and PCs. Here is the excerpt from the interview, It’s going to be harder and harder to distinguish products, whether they are tablets or PCs. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad type device. A lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. They don’t have Office there. So we are providing something with the benefits they have seen that have made that a big category without giving up what they expect in a PC. He also said that Microsoft has ...

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates today had an interview with CBS This Morning program. He was talking mostly about his foundation work while answering some questions related to Microsoft as well. When Charlie Rose asked about the smartphone industry, Bill Gates admitted that Microsoft didn’t “get out in the lead very early.” “We didn’t miss cell phones, but the way that we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. So it’s clearly a mistake.” He also commented on Steve Ballmer being CEO of Microsoft and the work Microsoft has been doing under his leadership such as Windows 8, Microsoft Surface launch, etc,. Watch the video above. Source: CBS This Morning via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates has been dedicated to ‘enhancing healthcare and reducing extreme poverty’ in his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for several years now.  Gates pledged to give 95% of his wealth to the foundation (and that’s a lot of money considering he’s the world’s second wealthiest man with a net worth of $63.4 billion), in order to fight diseases in third world countries and improve education and information technology in the US.  Gates’ annual letter from the foundation talks about the progress the organization has made in the past year, as well as the current state of the world and his goals to improve it.  His main goal at the moment is to eradicate polio globally.  Gates writes, “Polio eradication is a top priority for the foundation, a primary focus for me, and a powerful example of the importance of accurate measurement”.  Gates believes that the ...

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