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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The Guardian reports, after the devastation of Sandy, which may have caused $30 billion in damages, a radical geo-engineering idea by scientist Professor Stephen Salter, backed by Bill Gates and Nathan Myhrvold is drawing some attention again. Developed after the last major US Hurricane-related tragedy, Katrina, which struck New Orleans and caused an estimated $81 billion damage, the Salter Sink is beautiful in its simplicity, using hundreds of 100m (300feet) long tubes held up by old car tyres and the natural action of waves to mix warm surface water, the main driver of hurricanes, with cool deep sea water. Each degree centigrade of difference can drop a hurricane by one scale, from scale 5 to scale 4 for example, and if surface temperature can be dropped below 26.5 degrees hurricanes can not form at all. "If you can cool the sea surface, you would calm the hurricanes. I estimate you ...

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Bill Gates gave a talk on power of Natural User Interfaces on his birthday at University of Washington. He said Kinect is a transformational technology and a  technical achievement. On the Gates Notes, he wrote on Kinect as the following, Kinect is much more than just a cool video game technology—it is the most advanced example of a wave of new advances that are enabling people to interact with technology in entirely new ways. One of the most important current trends in digital technology is the emergence of natural user interface, or NUI. We’ve had things like touch screen and voice recognition for a while now. But with Kinect, we are seeing the impact when people can interact with technology in the same ways that they interact with each other. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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In an interview to ABC News TV channel, Bill Gates revealed that Steve Jobs’s comments over him which was revealed through his biography by Walter Isaacson doesn’t bothers him. Here is the excerpt from his interview, "I mean, he faced, several times at Apple, the fact that their products were so premium priced that they literally might not stay in the marketplace. So the fact that we were succeeding with high volume products, you know, including a range of prices, because of the way we worked with multiple companies, it’s tough. "So the fact that, you know, at various times, he felt beleaguered, he felt like he was — he was the good guy and we were the bad guys, you know, very understandable. "I, you know, respect Steve. We got to work together. We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of that bothers me at all,"  FYI, ...

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The Baidu Charitable Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (The Gates Foundation) founded a strategic charitable alliance on Saturday, in a bid to work for a healthy, smoke-free environment both in China and around the world. Bill Gates joined forces with Robin Li, CEO of China’s answer to Google-Baidu during his second trip to China, to form a charitable organisation which will help people to quit smoking. Li received a link analysis patent in 1996 which would eventually make him one of China’s richest citizens and has said Gates had always been a role model to him even before he began Baidu. He pledged that they will increase smokers’ awareness of the dangers of active and passive smoking. They also intend to spread the health alliance’s initiatives and health messages via online community.  The open-ended public health alliance will be active in China and around the world. The health consequences of ...

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