Bill Gates feels confident in Microsoft’s new Direction, and has no desire to return as CEO.
Okay so he might be just the tiniest bit biased, but Bill Gates claims Windows 8 and the Surface tablet have “done well”. His answer was a response to a CNBC interview question with regards to the future of his company, and if he would ever consider reclaiming his CEO title from Steve Ballmer. According to Gates, Windows 8 and the Surface were both developed without his guidance, and as a result he feels the company is doing just fine without him.
We won’t bother asking your opinions on Windows 8 at this point, hundreds of comments over the last several years have given us a pretty good idea where you stand. Sales numbers are suggesting Bill Gates has every right to consider Windows 8 a success, however, most analysts think it’s a bit too early to interpret what 60 million licenses actually means in the long run.
Considering that he is now little more than a part-time chairman, Bill Gates has gone out of his way to defend Windows 8 on more than one occasion. It makes us wonder if the man who invented the modern operating system actually believes in the company’s new direction, or if he simply feels obligated to do so. Either way he seems to be confident enough to stake his reputation on Microsoft’s new direction, and is willing to let history be his judge.