Microsoft co-founder makes his second Reddit AMA appearance in a year
It was almost a year ago to the day when Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates jumped into an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. There have been a lot of changes since then culminating in the promotion of Satya Nadella to Chief Executive Officer, who replaced outgoing chief Steve Ballmer. Bill Gates addressed that topic and more in another Reddit AMA today, and also revealed his "most expensive guilty pleasure purchase."
"Owning a plane is a guily pleasure," Gates said. ""Warren Buffett called his the Indefensible. I do get to a lot of places for Foundation work I wouldn't be able to go to without it."
One of the first questions he answered was whether or not he was having any luck with his Foundation's condom design competition. Gates called it a "sensitive topic," adding that one the grantees is currently using carbon nanotubes to the reduce the thickness of condoms.
When asked about his new role at Microsoft, Gates sidestepped the question.
"I am excited about how the cloud and new devices can help us communicate and collaborate in new ways," Gates said. "The OS won't just be on one device and the information won't just be files - it will be your history including being able to review memories of things like kids growing up. I was thrilled Satya asked me to pitch in to make sure Microsoft is ambitious with its innovation. Even in Office there is a lot more than can be done."
However, later on in the session Gates said he plans to divvy up his time by devoting around two-thirds to his foundation, and one-third to Microsoft, the latter of which will mostly be focused on "product work."
For more of what he had to say, head over to Reddit.