June 19, 2006

A great step down

16th of this month, Bill Gates announced that he will step down from his day-to-day role at Microsoft Corp. in July 2008. Yes! It’s shocking news both good and bad. Ray Ozzie will immediately assume Gates's job of chief software architect and Craig Mundie will become chief research and strategy officer.

The public reason for Gates to step down is to spend more time at the Gates Foundation. The big question is : “ Will Microsoft be able to handle its rivals without the GREAT man?”. Company’s like Google Inc is way ahead of Microsoft in many grounds. What about the new Windows? The next version of windows named “Vista” is yet to be released. Important point is it has been delayed several time. Will Microsoft survive without the great architect? We shall see…

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