Bill Gates


The name Bill Gates has long been synonymous with the technology industry. But, in about a month, he will step away from his day-to-day job at Microsoft, the company he founded. While remaining as Microsoft's chairman, Mr. Gates will devote much more of his time to the world- renowned charitable foundation he runs with his wife, Melinda French Gates. He leaves a company of enormous size and wealth, one that retains the near-monopoly he built in PC operating systems and Office suites, while struggling to compete with Google in search, advertising and Web applications; and with Apple in music and video devices and services. He also leaves a legacy as the person who, in the words of longtime rival Steve Jobs at D5 last year, was the first to recognize the potential of building a pure PC software company.

Posts With Bill Gates

You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello

To our dear readers: Thank you, thank you very much.

Some of Our Fave D Conference Videos Before AllThingsD Signs Off in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Tech and media bigs on the red-hot seat.

Bill Gates Makes a Darn Good Secret Santa

A participant in Reddit’s gift exchange got quite a shock after opening her present and realizing that it was from none other than the Microsoft chairman and philanthropist.

Microsoft Director Says CEO Choice Will Not Be Made Until Early 2014

Over 100 choices to 20 to a handful to, well, who knows?

Gates Foundation Picks UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann as Next CEO

The oncologist will succeed longtime Microsoft executive Jeff Raikes, who had said earlier this year that he planned to step down once a successor was found.

Will Microsoft Name Its CEO Before the New Year? Weary Employees Hope for Even Sooner. (Poll)

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth — and a new leader.

“Caretaker” Mulally as CEO Remains Inside Bet at Microsoft, but Will a Dark Horse Emerge?

What train, plane or automobile will the new software giant leader be riding in on?

Bill Gates Thinks Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Prioritize

Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t.

— Bill Gates, talking to the Financial Times in an interview that is chiefly about efforts to defeat diseases in the developing world, a little bit about Microsoft, with a dash of disdain for Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to wire the globe

AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry Is Just Resting, and YouTube Goes Mobile First

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.

For Ballmer, Resistance Was Futile