Bill Gates Leaving Microsoft, Sort Of

By Deane Barker on June 15, 2006

Bill Gates to step down from Microsoft: Wow. But he’s always been great from a philanthropic standpoint, so he’ll do well just running his foundation.

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday he will transition out of a day-to-day role at the company he co-founded to spend more time on global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Say what you like about his company, but Bill Gates is a pretty great guy overall. He really has always had an eye for the big picture, beyond Microsoft.

Ray Ozzie will take Gates’s current job as Chief Software Architect. He’s come a long way from Lotus Notes.

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