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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

April 17, 2006 at 7:46 AM

Here we go

I look at Bill Gates’ balancing of work and philanthropy today in the first of regular Monday columns in the Business/Technology section of the newspaper. I’ll be writing about technology companies, people and issues. I’d love to hear your feedback, either here on the blog, via e-mail or by phone.

Here’s the top:

After five years on the Microsoft beat, I was reluctant to stop chasing Bill Gates and start writing a column.

Fortunately, Gates came through as I was trying to decide where to start.

I’m writing the column to help people better understand the technology business and how it affects them. I’ll be taking a closer look at people, products and issues at Microsoft, its competitors and other Northwest tech companies.

I’ll also weigh in on stories the industry tends to obsess over, like the pedigree of Google’s cafeteria chef.

Or when Gates will start shifting more of his attention from software development to charity work, increasing his involvement with the $29 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation he and his wife started in 2002.

An announcement from the foundation last week made me think that process is under way.

Nobody is saying that Gates is ready to give up his title as chief software architect at the company he and Paul Allen started 31 years ago, especially now, while it’s trying to finish a line of major new products. But don’t be surprised if his transition to philanthropist happens sooner than expected …

The rest is posted here at seattletimes.com.

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