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Video: Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft


When Bill Gates gave his farewell CES keynote last week, he opened with a video that imagined what his last day at Microsoft might be like. A dozen guest stars, a string of self-deprecating references, and few vintage Star Wars action figures later, and we've got...well...not exactly an answer, but a least a few giggles for our trouble.

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48 comments
DV!
DV!

hahaha...that was funny and that means he is not leaving...

chapaq
chapaq

Perspective what Bill Gates meant to Technology and Business development, will be seen as where those set of pioneers have placed us, for good or bad, at the level we are now. It could have been better because there is always room to improve and it will be. Thanks to people like Bill for such a humongous start, rest is still pending to be written and improved. This is just the beginning. Farewell Bill!

Sunoptics
Sunoptics

No matter what side of the PC camp you???re on, Bill Gates is a guy that you both love and hate. You love him for his passion that drove the PC market to where it is today, and you hate him for his passion that drove the PC market to where it is today. Farewell Bill Gates!!!

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Software isn't comedy.Ten things I like about Microsoft:

n.smutz
n.smutz

...makes you wanna forgive him for Windows ME...

jw1ls5n0129
jw1ls5n0129

NO BILL NO BILL ,DON'T LEAVE PLEASE !!!THEN AGAIN !!! BUT WHAT A GREAT VIDEO TO END WITH .OH MONICA SENDS HER REGARDS. JOHN

alan.needham
alan.needham

This guy has done more damage to computing in the 20th century than any number of hackers could ever have managed. Let's hope Micro$oft start to improve their products instead of squandering ever more resources on cr@p and crashware!

viruser
viruser

Gates has a sense of humor? Looks cooler than Steve Jobs in here.

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

Using Microsoft software, my employer blocks access to Youtube, so I cannot see the Microsoft video. How ironic is that?

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

Using Microsoft software, my employer blocks access to Youtube, so I cannot see the Microsoft video. How ironic is that?

chuck.grubb
chuck.grubb

Loved it! That was great! Bill is my hero.

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

Using Microsoft software, my employer blocks access to Youtube, so I cannot see the Microsoft video. How ironic is that?

techrepublic
techrepublic

Nicely done, could have been 1/2 the length!

Morgangs
Morgangs

So long Bill Gates; he sould took Micro-crape with him.

krangan
krangan

This is yet another brilliant idea from a person who has transofrmed the business of the world tremendously.

giampaolo44
giampaolo44

:D that was fun... maybe he didn't become hackers' buddy, but he's gone a long way!

ml360
ml360

I mean come on, has he even written a single line of code in the past 15 years? The best thing he was good at was over-seeing other peoples' codes and ideas. He's so high paid, he pays other people to take a crap for him. I bet he has a personal ball-washer... Reference to a comedians act... Kudos to anyone who can name the comedian.

ocodan
ocodan

I knew that you were funny... ever since that video with you and Balmer in the VW... I have some questions though... where do you get a $7.00 haircut and how come you don't have any gray hair? You are aging well, especially with the worries and struggles you went through building Microsoft?

paf-1
paf-1

Wrong Bill maybe?

Flashtube105
Flashtube105

This guy has done more damage to computing in the 20th century than any number of hackers could ever have managed. Does the above line sound familiar? Well it should. Sounds like Bill has all the qualities to be the next President of the USA. Go Billy, Go!

paf-1
paf-1

That far up the food chain, take a personal day and go home and watch it.

Kurse
Kurse

How is it Microsoft or Bill's (or anyone else's, for that matter) fault that your employer blocks your access to YouTube, regardless of what software they use to do it?

sierraechohotel
sierraechohotel

Or, this is another example of what Microsoft does best - taking other people's ideas and repackaging them for a mass market. Not entirely a bad thing, but not brilliant. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN1OCrRrgVw for the origin of this particular idea. The celebs, the self-deprecating humour, the mock-documentary style - it's all here.

TheSwabbie
TheSwabbie

Anyone can bash Bill, many do. Not that I'm a big fan of the mega-monolith Microsoft but no one can take away the fact he changed history. He is a brilliant man and has earned what he has made. I guess its just envy that everyone bashes him? He brough us to where we are with PC's and the internet. Years ago I heard they were going to merge desktops with the internet and I said "Thats dumb! No one needs that" - how wrong I was. Like him or hate him he has done more than anyone to bring us where we stand today. Do Microsoft Platforms have problems? Yes, but for one I do like the products although I think they are overpriced. Bill, enjoy your retirement, you earned it many times over. Be a good steward of what God has given you and help others with the foundation.

JHMonoflo
JHMonoflo

Bill Gates paved the way for innovation. if it wasn't for the prosperity of Microsoft there would be no enthusiasm for movement in this industry. Open Source itself is a direct response to what people considered the "money hungry Microsoft Empire". And let's put aside all the Business Ventures... How about "The Foundation"??? I think there's alot to say about The Gates' if they take their fortunes and use it for good. I myself appreciate what he has done for the industry and definitely admire him for what he's doing.

ENabel
ENabel

He is leaving and dedicating the rest of his time at the foundation. BILL GATES has realized after all your accomplishments and greatness the greatest doing is to help others. Thank you Bill for the inspiration that you have given to all of us. HATS OFF!!

cjbrx3115
cjbrx3115

How could you say that about Bill?! He has contributed so much ever since he started Microsoft back in the 70s. And how do you expect ONE MAN to write thousands of applications for an enterprise business? Obviously he couldn't, and that's why he has other people working for him. Besides it would be very awkward for the Chairman of Microsoft to come into work and just sit at a computer writing code. He has better things to do than that! I would like to see YOU try and accomplish what he has done in his life. One of the best things he did was doing what he loved, and getting paid for it (even though money is not what he cares about.) Plus, with all of the money he's given to charity and other companies through the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, he has been one of the most kind-hearted man alive. I doubt you would do that if you had that money.

snw
snw

Giving this kind of comments just shows how ignorant you are. Why he needs to write program codes to show his value? Sorry to say, your comments are full of jealousy. That's why you are here and he is there.

dcawley
dcawley

What did you buy? Another car?!? (maniacally) AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

tom.berkley
tom.berkley

Your lack of understanding on the importance of what he and his friends accomplished and its impact on the world is nothing less than shocking.

suntubi
suntubi

It's all about finding the folks that write the code and freeing them up to do so. Just think how far computing would have come if he wrote all his own code. Come on, not even Jobs writes code. He is highly paid - you would be too if you had some vision. Get over your anger and join the adults.

Eschnepper
Eschnepper

Love the Lewis Black reference... With Bill out of the picture, maybe microsoft can turn off the coding photocopiers that they secretly put up at Apple and write something original for a change...

lylejk
lylejk

For several years now, I have been calling you Uncle Bill (Not a reference to Familay Affair; sometimes for good; sometimes for bad; lol). Still, arguably you've helped usher in the modern day Technological world, so my hat's off to you. Enjoy your shortlived retirement (because I know you will figure out someway of coming back; lol). :)

TheSwabbie
TheSwabbie

Why doesnt he have any gray hair? The answer? Bill Gates actually died a couple of years ago. With all the money he has they wanted to preserve his legacy so they downloaded all his knowledge and memories into a cyborg. With unlimited funds they created a lifelike being who looks, sounds and even acts like Bill! They even put in Nerd 1.3 to make it more believable. They could have done better with the haircut though, that was only version 1.1 If you listen closely to any recorded video's of Bill you can actually hear the servo motors as he moves his arms and legs and other extremities. The USB port is hidden just under his scalp, they had thought to located it just behind his ear, but that would have made them stick out so they opted for the scalp. More evidence you say? How about the premier of XP? The machine crashed. What person who invested 10000 gazillion dollars in an OS to watch it flop across the planet on video could keep his cool - unless he was a robot? Commander Data couldnt have done a better job of recovering it at that point! Any Takers? :)

copleyjd
copleyjd

Perhaps I misremember? There was a day when IBM was the only company to think about personal computers. They contracted with a scruffy college boy to write an operating system. Somehow that college boy talked the biggest dog in town into a NON-exclusive contract. Bill Gate's audacity gave us all the personal computer, whatever else he did or did not do. It definitely was the 'vision thing': Bill had it and IBM did not.

ml360
ml360

I do understand he is the father of modern computing and I'm sure he comes up with a few ideas from time to time, but so do I, and I tell them my ideas from time to time too. I don't get paid billions of dollars a year for them... Neither should he...

Mond0
Mond0

[i][b]"Those who say, don't know. Those who know, don't say."[/b][/i]

willyddizon
willyddizon

Give it to the man, nobody can deny what Bill Gates has achieved.

Answerfactory
Answerfactory

MS saved Apple so it would look like they had competition and avoid the whole monopoly issue. Apple used Xerox's idea, which is ok, since 1) ideas are not property, no matter what US lawyers try to convince you of. 2) Xerox wasn't going to use the idea for anything. 3) Xerox got the idea from another company ( I forget the name ), so it really wasn't theirs anyway. MS got it from Apple in a bit underhanded fashion, which is par for the course between those two companies anyway. Oh, and if you give money to charity, its a nice tax write off. I do it every year just for that reason.

cjbrx3115
cjbrx3115

First off, Bill doesn't care about the money, and neither does Steve Jobs. And why would he? Having that amount of money is stupid unless your going to help the world, and he tries to through his charities and all. He almost HAS to give to charity, we all do. The only reason he is recognized for it is because since he has a higher paying salary, he pays more. I highly doubt he's trying to do it for publicity. And if you were saying how he's stealing ideas, maybe you don't know about the history of Microsoft or Apple. Both Apple and Microsoft were together at a point in time, and Microsoft saved Apple. Did you know too that the original Macintosh had Microsoft software on it? And that Apple actually used Xerox's idea of the GUI?

ml360
ml360

Have you considered suing your brain for non-support? I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself on the Internet and show you are one of Micro$oft's sheep. ...Bill doesn't care about the money... Saying that is like saying Rosie O'Donnell doesn't care about politics or food. It makes you look stupid. Sure he gave away money. The man is worth billions. He, and his entire family for that matter, could spend a million dollars an hour till the day they die and never run out of money. What better thing to do with your money than to give it away. It makes millions of people like him because he's a giving person and then we're not supposed to feel so bad about spending $200 to $400 for Office or Windows... ...he wants to revolutionize the world.... yeah, by taking other peoples' ideas and making them his own... Xerox, Apple, etc. Watch the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs has so many golden knives in his back with Bill's name engraved and encrusted with diamonds, he looks like he's dressed up for Halloween as one of Paul Wall's Grillz. If your brain matter was axle grease, there wouldn't be enough in your head to grease the dynamo on a lightening bug's butt. However, I'll consider letting you have the last word if you guarantee it will be your last.

cjbrx3115
cjbrx3115

You don't know what you're talking about. "...and I'm sure he comes up with a few ideas from time to time, but so do I." Yeah, I'm sure the CHAIRMAN at MICROSOFT comes up with a little more than a few ideas from time to time. And I'm definitely sure you do too...retard. The only reason he gets paid for his work is because he worked extremely hard to get to where he is now. Don't say he shouldn't get paid, because that just makes you look bad saying that. Bill doesn't care about the money, he wants to revolutionize the world.

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