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Sorry, Folks, Bill Gates Is Not Coming Back to Microsoft

While it is fun to play “what if” games, the fact is that Bill Gates is not planning a return to Microsoft, the software giant he founded with Paul Allen decades ago.

Folks are getting worked up about a Fortune magazine piece that speculates on what a Bill Gates comeback might look like and suggests the billionaire is pondering such a move.

But there’s no truth to that, according to Larry Cohen, Gates’s chief of staff, who I just chatted with by phone.

In fact, Gates does part-time work for Microsoft and has ever since stepping away from his day job there. But his full-time gig is as a philanthropist overseeing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik