Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

Summary: After rumours surfaced that Bill Gates could return to Microsoft as the company's "white knight", Gates said in an interview that this would not be the case at all.

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Bill Gates today dismissed rumours that he would return to the bustle of Redmond to take up a full-time position at the company he founded, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

In the interview, he admitted he has settled in his full-time role with his philanthropy joint venture with his wife, Melinda, and plans to keep it going "for the rest of his life".

Fortune speculated that the Microsoft founder could return, noting that it would not have been the first time a "legendary founder" stepped back into the fray to save a floundering company from itself.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley was "very, very, very" skeptical. For many, this would have been enough. But Gates himself told reporters that he was content with his charitable work, and had no plans to step back into the limelight, to save it from flailing stock and management troubles.

Gates remains a part-timer at the company to offer advice and direction. "But that's not going to change", he said, adding that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "requires all of my energy".

He also spoke of Steve Jobs, who died earlier this year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Speaking positively about his computing rival, he said that Jobs was "brilliant", despite Jobs recently calling Gates "unimaginative".

But Gates noted that, "because the Microsoft machines outsold his machines by a lot he was always kind of tough on Microsoft, but that's fine".

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  • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

    You either need to change the article or the title, as the second half just comes off as unrelated. This article would have been fine without the last three paragraphs, which don't touch on the title subject at all.
    Aerowind
    • recapping an interview...

      @Aerowind The main part of the post was to iterate that Mr. Gates would not be returning as CEO, and the last three paragraphs are other comments made in the interview, and was related. Many journalists will include other information even if it strays from the main point of the article.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
        Aw come on, give the writers a break?? They are human too!! Plus, I found the little anodote refreshing. We, who, don't like such things can (a) Stop reading at that point or (b) write a competing arcle?? Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
        eargasm
      • Where's toddytroll at?

        Isn't he supposed to be here, changing the subject and diverting attention away towards Apple?

        Hint to toddytroll: Steve Jobs is [b]dead[/b]. He can never come back to haunt you.

        lol... :D
        ScorpioBlue
  • He may not be allowed too...

    As Microsoft was convicted of Antitrust violations under his tenure, he may not be legally allowed to take the helm again - a big difference between Gates and Jobs; Jobs was forced out by internal politics, not legal issues.
    TemporalBeing
    • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

      @TemporalBeing Bill Gates not running the company was not a stipulation to the resolution of the anti-trust suit. Microsoft was found 'guilty', NOT Bill Gates. At the time, Bill Gates was seen as a very divisive individual... I do not believe that is the case now.

      That said, I do not believe Microsoft COULD lure Bill Gates back full time... money has long not been an issue for him. He is driven by passion (not unlike Steve Jobs). His passion is with the Gates Foundation... in particular, expanding education in the US, and fighting poverty in Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs), and improving health worldwide. It was not until 2008 that Gates left full time work at Microsoft (it was announced in 2006), which was quite a few years past the anti-trust resolution.

      William
      WilliamA1970
  • So Microsoft will leave the fat car salesman at the helm

    More fail to come.
    ZombieSteveJobs
    • So Apple has permanently lost it's magical ingredient?

      @ZombieSteveJobs

      Unfortunately for Apple, you're only a brain-dead zombie now.

      Since the real Mr. Jobs was a Buddhist I wonder what s/he reincarnated as?

      http://i.imgur.com/zHAxM.gif

      Much more fail to come from Apple as well...

      [i]~~~~~~~~~~
      How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
      ~ Wayne Dyer, American motivational Speaker and Author[/i]
      WinTard
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @WinTard Oh really?

        What fail?

        iPod - Nope
        iPhone - Nope
        iPad - Nope...

        Let's see if Ballmer laughs when Apple launches its TV in 2012...I bet he will and then all of a sudden about a year later he'll panic and try to come up with a Windows TV...remember the first one? It was a big fat FAIL just like its CEO.
        ZombieSteveJobs
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @WinTard Yes ... more fail like iPod, iPhone, iPad, iOS, AirBook, Thunderbolt?
        john_gillespie@...
    • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

      @ZombieSteveJobs Microsoft already has a tv box, the Xbox, and it is significantly better than Apple's version.
      grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @grayknight Yeah, I'm on my third one as the first two died. Still trying to figure out how to watch BluRay disks? I guess you have to buy a PS3? At least the new Xbox is scheduled to come out in 2013 (MS time which translates into 2014 our time).
        john_gillespie@...
  • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

    [i]But Gates noted that, ???because the Microsoft machines outsold his machines by a lot he was always kind of tough on Microsoft, but that???s fine???.[/i]

    So PCs --- that may optionally run Windows --- are magically 'Microsoft Machines', eh ?


    Delusional as ever...
    Claverhouse
    • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

      @Claverhouse Do you believe otherwise...? I have always used PCs (Apple for mobile, but PCs and laptops have always ran Windows). Never cared who the manufacturer of the box was... or who made the microprocessor... the only thing considered was that it had to have MS Dos originally then, when DOS was removed, Windows. The amount of software that ran on Microsoft's OS was the compelling issue... so, I think for customers and developers, it was a Microsoft machine.

      Respectfully,
      William
      WilliamA1970
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @WilliamA1970 With MS Office possibly coming to iPad...that will become a moot point.
        ZombieSteveJobs
    • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

      @Claverhouse If it ships with Windows pre-installed, it is sold and counted as a Windows machine. Likewise, an Apple PC sold with MOS on it, it is counted as an Apple machine, even if I later install Ubuntu or Windows. Hacked/altered by end-user doesn't count. Only how the factory sold it originally. You've paid Bill or Steve for that OS license even if you don't use it.
      JoeFoerster
    • You might not approve of the terminology Gates used, but he is right,

      that, most PCs sold are Microsoft Machines. Another way of putting it, which many people might not find as objectionable, would be to call them, Windows PCs, and in reality that is a widely accepted term. However, Windows is synonymous with Microsoft, and Gates was preferring to use the term "Microsoft" instead of "Windows". It's more directly indicative of the company involved in the creation of "Windows PCs". It's really more about the perception that people have, and although there might be many PC manufacturers, most of them put Windows "inside" as the OS.

      So, who is being delusional again? Reality may not be on your side of the argument.
      adornoe
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @adornoe@...

        Microsoft did not invent personal computing ( nor did Apple ): there were other small computers --- such as the Amiga, IBM AT, BBC Micros, etc. etc. --- and Windows was not then the only choice of OS. Because manufacturers agreed with MS to sell with Windows exclusively ( and still pay MS if another OS was installed ) that does not make a PC running Solaris, BSD, Linux or Chrome OS a 'Windows' or 'Microsoft' Machine, regardless of whether it was ( forcibly ) first installed with Windows.

        MS has always differentiated itself from Apple by being a software company as opposed to a hardware company: Apple has every right to bundle their OS with the machine that they actually make; whereas MS have no such 'right' to insist that their software runs on any machine, Nor if one chooses another OS can they claim any interest in one's computer or computing use.

        Hardware is a necessity: software is choice.
        Claverhouse
      • Claverhouse: Look again, and you'll notice that, I didn't say Microsoft

        invented personal computing.

        I was merely pointing out that, when it comes to Microsoft machines and Windows PCs, Gates was/is correct.

        Argue on that point.
        adornoe
      • RE: Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

        @adornoe@... FYI the Amiga and IBM PC were years after the Apple II.
        john_gillespie@...