It had to happen. Bill Gates was eventually going to leave and in an internal company mail he outlined his career progression over the next couple of years. By mid 2008 he will move to a part time role within Microsoft, instead focusing on his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
I admire that. His foundation does excellent work around the world helping people in poverty and in situations where there are little to no health services. I admire a person who chooses to change tack and decide to make the world a little bit better.
Im not at all worried about the company. It will continue to run and succeed. With new people who have an established track record like Ray Ozzie (the founder of Lotus Notes) Im sure we will do fine. Heres to the future!
The press is rife with the news...heres one article