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Poll: Is the retirement of Bill Gates a good thing or a bad thing for Microsoft?

Some pundits think that the retirement of Bill Gates will allow Microsoft to make the transition to an Internet company. Others think Microsoft needs the leadership of Gates in order to make such a radical shift. What do you think? Take our poll.

Some pundits and tech industry observers think that the retirement of Bill Gates will allow Microsoft to make the transition from a PC-centered company to an Internet company. Others think Microsoft needs the leadership of Gates in order to make such a radical shift. What do you think?

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19 comments
sampetrova
sampetrova

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jck
jck

With the retirement of Gates, maybe it will put an end to the screaming at your programmers mentality, and bring about a regime that actually lets their technical people be...technical...rather than trying to please management.

zclayton2
zclayton2

m$ did not need and out of control maniac taking over after Gates ceased day to day control. The predatory habits were bad enough under Gates, but at least he exhibited some semblence of corporate realism. Balmer is just bonkers.

jck
jck

you should have met my ex-boss. he was the manager over exchange server at MS for 2 or 3 years. what a crazy mofo. always yellin at people thinking that was the sole way to motivate. i almost killed that man. he almost went for a test flight out a window. glad i didn't. his wife was cool. would hated for her not to like me anymore.

giorgos67
giorgos67

And Balmer take more control??? What a nightmare!!!

bboswell
bboswell

Microsoft has stagnated big time. In the absence of meaningful competition, new OS releases are taking six years, and MS Office features are stagnating as well. Microsoft has done as large monopolies do, and their innovation is no longer there.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

Maybe some sane leadership will appear. However, I am not holding my breath.

carlsf
carlsf

Now who will take ownership for the muck ups.... I think we are seeing this happening NOW, and it will only get worse.

imajaypathak
imajaypathak

some days back i have also find one post regarding this http://readerszone.com/people/gates-dont-leave-microsoft.html

Neil Higgins
Neil Higgins

you say,Gates will always be remembered for Windows.I remember when "general public" queued to buy a copy of Windows 95,the OS that put MS on the map,so to speak.Yes there have been disasters (ME anyone?),and we still hear moans about Vista,but overall,Microsoft is well established,and going strong.Gates leaves with question marks over Windows 7,only in so much that people tend to talk gloomily about "if it fails...goes wrong...etc.." (it wont).So yes,Gates retirement is a good thing,in the fact that he leaves a market leader in good shape (honest).And all this from someone who uses linux at home.See...even I am still impressed for the future.

Fregeus
Fregeus

How about an option that says: Does not matter. I don't think things will change all that much because he's not in the big chair anymore. He is still the major stock holder and an advisor to the board of directors and to Ballmer. TCB. Edited to add: I don't think that everything wrong with Microsoft and how it conduct business or engineer their software is totally because of M. Gates. It takes more than one man to steer a ship that size. Although i will admit that he did influence heavily the heading of the ship, he did have lots of friends helping him out on board. He may be leaving, but the others are still there. TCB

photocrimes
photocrimes

Does not matter.

EVW
EVW

4- I simply do not care.

Tenagra71
Tenagra71

That's fair. But then why'd you take the time to vote?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Original post (poll): http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=710 Will it make the jump to an Internet platform or will it struggle to break free from the PC?

Tenagra71
Tenagra71

Just because he is removed from having an office with his name on the door, so to speak, doesn't mean he won't be helping to steer the ship. So this being a good or bad only answer doesn't cover it, IMHO. There are very valid reasons on both sides of the argument.

xtrememorph
xtrememorph

Hopefully the next person that comes in to Microsoft can bring it things that our beyond Microsoft or Internet. Bring in more innovation

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