Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who last year expressed his desire to continue “as one of Microsoft’s largest owners,” is now officially the Redmond-based company’s largest individual owner, having just overtaken its co-founder and former chairman Bill Gates.
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."
Steve Ballmer's replacement was under Microsoft's nose the entire time
After announcing his impending retirement in August of last year and giving Microsoft 12 months to find a replacement, Steve Ballmer can now exit stage left for last time now that it has a new leader. Microsoft's board has named Satya Nadella Chief Executive Officer (CEO), promoting from within to fill the position for only the third time since Microsoft was founded 39 years ago in 1975.
Who's to blame/credit for the most famous key combination in history?
It doesn't matter how long you've been using a PC, as long as there's a keyboard involved, you're probably familiar with the Control-Alt-Delete combination, or the three-finger salute, as some have come to call it. Decades after the key combination was conceived, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates candidly admits that it was a "mistake, but don't point the finger at him, let IBM share some of the blame.
Microsoft needs a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), that much we know. What we don't know is who will take the baton from Steve Ballmer and run with it. Having announced his retirement, the search is on for a replacement to be named within the next 12 months, and one of the names being tossed about is Bill Gates. Might he actually make a comeback and give this thing another go?
"When a kid gets diarrhea, there's no website for that."
Do you miss Bill Gates yet? The founder of Microsoft was oft criticized during his time spent with the company he helped create, and for some, his genius wasn't truly appreciated until he retired, handing over the reins to Steve Ballmer who, let's face it, hasn't been doing a tremendous job. These days Gates is all about his charity and philanthropy work, but at the same time, he's very much in tune with the tech world, especially as it relates to uplifting the poor and underprivileged, and he's always good for a soundbite.
Xbox 720 believed to be behind surge in Gates’ wealth
Despite having given away billions in charity in recent years, Microsoft founder and non-executive chairman Bill Gates is said to have dislodged Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim, also a noted philanthropist, from the top spot on the list of the world’s wealthiest people.
Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen posed for what would become an iconic photo 32 years ago, the two software pioneers situated side-by-side and surrounded by then-cutting edge PCs. Much has changed in the computing world since that photo was taken way back in 1981, going from IBM 5150 machines running MS-DOS 1.0 to touchscreen Ultrabooks wielding Windows 8, but the men are the same, albeit a lot richer.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates won over the Reddit crowd by answering a plethora of questions.
Bill Gates is a rock star on so many levels. Yes, he co-founded Microsoft, built his net worth to tens of billions of dollars, and now spends his days doing philanthropy work through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all of which are admirable in their own right. It would be easy for someone in his position to be an egotistical jerk who's disconnected from the public at large, but instead, this is the same guy who once did the Robot next to Jerry Seinfeld, made us crave churros in another Vista ad, and more recently (as in, yesterday) answered a boatload of questions on Reddit.
Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates jumped into an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit.
From cheap thrills (like cheeseburgers) to unreleased products, the man himself, Bill Gates, billionaire founder of the world's largest software company, is right now answering user questions on Reddit. There's still time to jump into the AMA (Ask Me Anything) session if you have a burning question of your own, but you'll have to ask fast, as he's already been in there for about an hour.