I see Bill Gates has decided to take early retirement – I hope he has a decent pension plan in place 😉
Seriously though, this has to be good news for Microsoft. Ray Ozzie who has been named as his successor (along with Craig Mundie), is someone who has a very good name in the software community and if there is anyone who can help Microsoft shirk the poor corporate image they have, it is Ray.
Owen Thomas reckons that Steve Ballmer can’t be far behind and that:
At this point, Ballmer’s associated more with the hard-charging business tactics that led to Microsoft’s antitrust woes and a low stock price that’s sapping employee morale. Whoever replaces him will have a host of problems to solve – but unlike Ballmer will be able to start with a clean slate.
No Gates and no Ballmer, now that’d be a new Microsoft!