Follow us:

Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

June 16, 2006 at 10:20 AM

Gates: Market doesn’t react and other Day 2 news

The tech world is still digesting the news about Bill Gates’ career change and its potential ramifications. Here’s some of the latest buzz:

The market seems to be handling the news well, with Microsoft’s share price down just a few cents at 11 a.m.

Mary Jo Foley has the text of the company-wide e-mails sent out yesterday by Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer.

The New York Times quotes Gates as saying that he made the decision “only in the last few weeks.” That’s a little different than Gates’ claim at the press conference yesterday that he decided a couple of days ago.

Other tidbits from the press conference that haven’t received that much attention:

Our colleague Brier Dudley asked Gates whether he would move to Seattle, since that’s where his foundation is located. Ballmer laughed and replied, “His house isn’t very mobile.” That’s for sure.

Gates has never taken more than a two-week vacation. But this summer, he’s going to take seven weeks off — a decision, Ballmer pointed out, that was made long before all of this talk surfaced about a change in management. Gates said he will spend some time in Africa, including participating in a government leadership forum there, and then will return here “enjoying the Seattle summer.”

Gates tried to play down his leadership at the company, saying he really only does things like improve the “architectural alignments” of Microsoft’s operations. But then said he works 10 to 11 hours every day at Microsoft. So what is he actually doing over there? On a more serious note, Gates said he wants to stay chairman for the rest of his life, and will always have a very strong connection to the company.

Comments | More in Microsoft

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►