Friday, February 28, 2014

Bill Gates Losing His Job?

Bill Gates, about-to-be ex-ceo of Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, Wash.), is reportedly in danger of being replaced as chairman of the board, as well.
Bloomberg News reports that as the Microsoft board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as its new ceo, it’s considering relieving Gates of his chairmanship. However, according to the rumor, Gates would remain a director and get heavily involved in product development. Bloomberg sources say Gates is weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week.
Gates was originally instrumental in building the innovative Microsoft products that ushered in the personal computing age. However, said Bloomberg, the company under his chairmanship has struggled to replicate those early successes in new areas, including mobile devices and Internet services. It has fallen behind Google, Apple and Facebook in making things people want to buy.
“The more time Bill spends on product development, the better,” author Geoffrey Moore told Bloomberg. “He and Steve Jobs seem very different on the outside, but at their core they were very similar. They both saw things that others didn’t see, and they were both very demanding.”
Moore’s book, “Crossing the Chasm,” chronicles the challenges of marketing technology products to a widening market.
However, Todd Warren, a Microsoft veteran of 22 years who left the company in 2009, told Bloomberg, “My concern would be that the tech landscape has shifted away from the PC in recent years.”


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