As the Gates era ends...

With the world's richest man transitioning from his role as chief software architect to full-time philanthropist, ZDNet's special report examines the end of the Gates era from a number of angles.News.

With the world's richest man transitioning from his role as chief software architect to full-time philanthropist, ZDNet's special report examines the end of the Gates era from a number of angles.

News.com's Michael Kanellos and Ina Fried look atMicrosoft's mixed scorecard, compiling a laundry list of the 31-year-old company's strengths and weaknesses.

Another story features some of the more memorable quotes from Microsoft's co-founder and tech titan, from the snide...

Let's face it, the average computer user has the brain of a Spider Monkey.

to the wise:

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

Also, ZDNet blogger Ryan Stewart looks at why the world of software will never be the same again...

See: Full report, with video

Good story: Joel Spolsky recalls his first "BillG Review".

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