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Bill Gates leaving daily role at Microsoft
CNBC breaking news

Posted on 06/15/2006 1:33:07 PM PDT by HAL9000

CNBC announcing - After July 2008, Bill Gates shall leave his daily role at Microsoft, but will remain as company chairman.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ballmer; billgates; enviousapples; gates; gatesfoundation; lowqualitycrap; msft; msn; ozzie; rayozzie; steveballmer
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1 posted on 06/15/2006 1:33:08 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

This could be bad - he may be deciding to go into politics...


2 posted on 06/15/2006 1:34:55 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: HAL9000

Correction - July 2008 is the date of the change.


3 posted on 06/15/2006 1:34:56 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Spktyr

That's a scary thought


4 posted on 06/15/2006 1:36:11 PM PDT by rb22982
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To: Spktyr
This could be bad - he may be deciding to go into politics...

If his campaign is anything like his OS, it'll be corrupt easily hacked and unable to run long without crashing!

5 posted on 06/15/2006 1:36:27 PM PDT by Bommer (Attention illegals: Why don't you do the jobs we can't do? Like fix your own countries problems!)
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To: Spktyr

Worse....he thinks he can save the world by throwing his money at problems.


6 posted on 06/15/2006 1:36:39 PM PDT by edpc
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To: HAL9000

Note to self..............short Microsoft : )


7 posted on 06/15/2006 1:37:13 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: rb22982

I wonder what he will do with his time?
Much as I dislike Windows, he is doing some good work with
his money.


8 posted on 06/15/2006 1:37:23 PM PDT by SSR1
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To: edpc

Like he and his wife throwing money at a Mecha-La Raza magnet school.


9 posted on 06/15/2006 1:38:26 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

You should have written that note to self long ago. MSFT stock has been a pathetic performer, with a lousy dividend. Gates leaving may help.


10 posted on 06/15/2006 1:38:26 PM PDT by Williams
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To: HAL9000

He's going to devote his efforts to the Gates Foundation. I can't wait to see how these third world rat holes bilk him out of money. How long until we see a "oil for food" type ripoff?


11 posted on 06/15/2006 1:38:33 PM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc
Worse....he thinks he can save the world by throwing his money at problems.

Good heavens! That cinches it! He's running for congress. Then, he can throw our money at problems instead!

12 posted on 06/15/2006 1:38:34 PM PDT by TChris ("Wake up, America. This is serious." - Ben Stein)
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To: HAL9000

Ray Ozzie becoming chief software architect immediately.


13 posted on 06/15/2006 1:39:01 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: HAL9000
Probably just in time for the DNC Convention....

After seeing a friend who is an expert Demo his Mac, I wanted to put my XP laptop on a skeet shooter and yell "Pull".

14 posted on 06/15/2006 1:39:16 PM PDT by taildragger (They call themselves Liberal Democrats, I call them Collaborators.)
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15 posted on 06/15/2006 1:39:59 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: HAL9000

Now I feel *really* old.


16 posted on 06/15/2006 1:40:05 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: Spktyr

Ugh. Gates in politics...*shudder*


17 posted on 06/15/2006 1:41:47 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: HAL9000

I'm at Microsoft, watching Bill giving his speach live on an internal webcast. He's going to work full time for the Gates Foundation. His replacement as Chief Software Architect will start immediately, but he will work with him over the next 2 years.


18 posted on 06/15/2006 1:41:56 PM PDT by Adam-ondi-Ahman
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To: Williams

I should have done it 5 or so years ago, when it was over 100 : )


19 posted on 06/15/2006 1:42:31 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: TChris

Looks like he's pulling a Rockefeller/Carnegie/Mellon philanthropy trip. Computer giant...philanthropist....you're still a geek, Bill.


20 posted on 06/15/2006 1:42:58 PM PDT by edpc
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To: Williams

Good if you got in early, but pity to those who got in this within the last 5 years.

21 posted on 06/15/2006 1:45:40 PM PDT by GI-Frog
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To: HAL9000

Politics? Stock price? - what a shallow group today.

How about a little respect paid to a man who literally has helped change the world.

That's right - changed the world.

This man has been worth billions for years now - and yet he still works 18 hour days, 365 days a week, gives away hundreds of millions of dollars.

Who cares what his politics are - this man has been a credit to the USA, free market minded people, and needy people.

God bless you Bill Gates - and good luck to you.


22 posted on 06/15/2006 1:46:44 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: edpc

I'm all for someone in government that wants to throw their own money at problems. Unfortunately like so many MS projects it would probably suffer from scope creep.


23 posted on 06/15/2006 1:46:45 PM PDT by discostu (get on your feet and do the funky Alphonzo)
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To: GI-Frog

Right, they've got a ton of cash, I believe. Everyone waits for them to share some with the shareholders. MSFT is the company people love to hate.


24 posted on 06/15/2006 1:47:37 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Adam-ondi-Ahman
Gates Foundation.

You mean, the Dodge Income Taxes Foundation?

25 posted on 06/15/2006 1:47:45 PM PDT by GI-Frog
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To: Jake The Goose
...365 days a week...

I agree that Bill deserves a great deal of respect, but even he can't get more than seven days into a week. ;-)

26 posted on 06/15/2006 1:49:16 PM PDT by TChris ("Wake up, America. This is serious." - Ben Stein)
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To: HAL9000

Ballmer looks scared.


27 posted on 06/15/2006 1:49:33 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

He's said he's going to dedicate his life to global health and eductation; I feel safer and better already, after all, the only reason it hasn't worked before is because all the wrong people tried it and were under-capitalized.

Goodbye, Ambien, hello Viagra!


28 posted on 06/15/2006 1:49:53 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: HAL9000

Go enjoy your billions, Bill.


29 posted on 06/15/2006 1:50:23 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (History is a work in progress)
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To: Williams

MS has not needed money from investors. May as well be privately owned. Paying too much attention to stock value causes companies to do very bad things.


30 posted on 06/15/2006 1:50:34 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: HAL9000

I thought he'd already done that.


31 posted on 06/15/2006 1:50:48 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,401+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: Jake The Goose
How about a little respect paid to a man who literally has helped change the world.

Thanks for all the bugs, worms, viruses and spyware, Bill. You've changed the world - for the worse.

32 posted on 06/15/2006 1:51:08 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: TChris
I agree that Bill deserves a great deal of respect, but even he can't get more than seven days into a week. ;-)

It's calculated on a Pentium.

33 posted on 06/15/2006 1:52:05 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: HAL9000

He sure does,LOL! His head is Glowing!


34 posted on 06/15/2006 1:52:32 PM PDT by cmsgop ( DO NOT VOTE FOR PEDRO !!! He's a DEMOCRAT......)
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To: HAL9000

I think its a good idea, the people under him(that probably know more) will be in charge.


35 posted on 06/15/2006 1:53:29 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: HAL9000

Ever had to replace a light bulb - I bet you don't slam Edison every time you do....


36 posted on 06/15/2006 1:54:17 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: edpc
He's going to devote his efforts to the Gates Foundation.

Code word, he is going to retire...

37 posted on 06/15/2006 1:54:39 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: HAL9000

Another way of saying "I'm retiring"


38 posted on 06/15/2006 1:56:07 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: Jake The Goose
How about a little respect paid to a man who literally has helped change the world.

It's not like he invented the PC or the Net. MS is to computers like VHS was to video. It existed at the same time as a superior product. Price and marketing gave us an inferior product. PC proliferation would have happened anyway....just with a different supplier. You'll pardon me if I am not impressed.

39 posted on 06/15/2006 1:57:38 PM PDT by edpc
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To: Spktyr

"This could be bad - he may be deciding to go into politics"

He could pay everyone $50,000 per vote, be elected president of the US and still have billions to play with.


40 posted on 06/15/2006 2:01:21 PM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: HAL9000
Ballmer looks scared.

I'm quite surprised Ballmer didn't leave ahead of Gates.

41 posted on 06/15/2006 2:02:24 PM PDT by vox_freedom (Fear no evils)
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To: edpc
Worse....he thinks he can save the world by throwing his money at problems.

In all fairness, he has done and continues to do a lot of good with his money, and in smart ways.

I have been working with a charity group based in Senegal for years (http://tostan.org) and am friends with the director. She has always had very favorable things to say about Bill and Melinda, who have helped support this cause.

42 posted on 06/15/2006 2:02:27 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Echo Talon
Code word, he is going to retire...

If I was worth close to $100 billion I sure as heck wouldn't be working either!

43 posted on 06/15/2006 2:04:02 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: HAL9000
Microsoft press release - Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates
44 posted on 06/15/2006 2:04:08 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Cementjungle

I would have retired a LONG time ago!


45 posted on 06/15/2006 2:05:44 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: edpc
I'm certainly more than impressed by what Gates accomplished. I also know that people who know a bit about computers and software tend to hate his products and say the Microsoft codes are badly written and full of junk from earlier versions that weight them down.

However, I also gave up on more expensive Macs and I am generally happy running computers on Windows XP.

46 posted on 06/15/2006 2:05:48 PM PDT by Williams
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This could be bad - he may be deciding to go into politics...

Ain't no way Bill the IIIrd is getting into politics. He has no stomach for it, doesn't need it to promote influence (his $$$ can do that), and he has no personality for the rough and tumble political world.
Look for him and his wife to get more involved in the Foundation's children health intitiatives and putting support into other health issues (cancer cures, AIDS for examples).

47 posted on 06/15/2006 2:06:49 PM PDT by vox_freedom (Fear no evils)
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To: edpc
How long until we see a "oil for food" type ripoff?

How does the equation go?

Gates will be spending his own money on others, so he has an incentive to make sure it doesn't get wasted, unlike the UN, which had no incentive for anything except itself.
48 posted on 06/15/2006 2:12:38 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Cementjungle

In all fairness.....few project directors say bad things about their benefactors.


49 posted on 06/15/2006 2:13:12 PM PDT by edpc
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To: Spktyr
This could be bad - he may be deciding to go into politics...

If he locks up during a campaign speech, do you just re-boot him?
50 posted on 06/15/2006 2:13:23 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Man was made in the image of God, not pond scum)
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