Gates Seen Taking Bigger Products Role at Microsoft
Even as Bill Gates weighs giving up his title of chairman of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), he’s poised to remain involved at the company he co-founded in an area of its deepest need: crafting must-have products.
As the board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s next chief executive officer, it’s considering replacing Gates as board chairman, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Gates would remain a director and be involved in product development, focusing less on administration, the people said. He’s weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week, a person briefed on the matter said.
In my opinion Bill Gates was a visionary at Microsoft, but the sheer size of the company he helped to create also kept him on a tight leash.
I remember watching interviews and reading articles dating back over a decade where he said the future would be tablets. Yet MS continued to plough resources into the PC market. Perhaps if more people at MS had been willing to listen to his ideas, the company might not be in the midst of it's current downfall.
It's not to late though. MS have the money to bring out some innovative products that may yet be a game changer.
I probably still have my copy of Gates' "The Road Ahead" book from 1995. I never read the revised version where they rewrote the book to add in more about the Internet. He was never short of vision, but in hindsight it's easy to see where he missed the mark.
Gates' time away from Microsoft working on his own charity has likely mellowed him a bit.I don't think we'll be seeing anything close to the Bill Gates of the past this time around.