Bill Gates is not in charge so get over it and move on

A recent Windows Blog poll shows that there are still a significant number of people who still consider Bill Gates to be the man in charge of Microsoft. The question is how?

On May 13, 2011, I posted a simple true or false poll in the TechRepublic Windows Blog:

True or false poll: Bill Gates still runs Microsoft?

My curiosity was piqued by the continuing parade of anti-Bill Gates rhetoric I see in the discussion forums attached to this blog. I received another on the date of this post's publication: Windoze 8.

I think it is obvious that Bill Gates is no longer managing the day-to-day activities of Microsoft, but according to the poll results, 14% of the poll respondents feel differently. Perhaps they would like to tell us how they think Bill Gates is still the man in charge, because I find myself discounting most everything those 14% post in the forums?

Again, I want to mention the good work they are doing at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When you want to talk about where Bill Gates attention is focused, that is where the conversation should begin and end.


By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.