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Old 28th June 2008, 15:03   #1
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Default End of an era : Bill Gates retires

You may love or hate Gates / Microsoft / Windows. But you cannot deny the fact that they have changed the way we work and made personal computers a commodity. One of the most influential personalities from one of the most influential organisations of our time.

Bill Gates retires this week from his full-time role as Chief Software Architect @ MS. Well, he's only 52 so what gives? Primarily because he wants to focus on philanthropy through the "Bill & Melinda Gates foundation".

Truly one of the most remarkable icons from our time. Good luck, Bill!

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Slightly old but a good one on Bill Gates retiring
The Letterman take:
Life After Coffee David Letterman on Bill Gates Retirement
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Goodlucks with your retirement, Mr. Gates!
You made lots of a difference in our lives.
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Same goes for Buffer as well,look at this news
Lunch with Buffett will cost more than $2 million
proceeds go to charity.


Lunch with Buffett will cost more than $2 million
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Aah! finally. Good riddance! I must say.
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To some he was a prick. To some a messiah! One thing is for sure, the PC as we know it today, would not have been the same had Bill not been there. So Mr. Gates, thank you for everything. Enjoy your fortunes and we hope that those who replace you, will carry on with your legacy. Have a good life.
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I'd rather we throw out Ballmer, and some of the guys in the Vista team.
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Congratulations, Bill, on making user unfriendly, poorly conceived, poorly executed and minimally tested software a way of life for hundreds of millions.

Bill Gates will never die (darn it!) he will just "hang up".

Byte me Bill.
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Wishing all the best for BG!

He did change the world as we know it!
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Lucky bugger, retiring to billions of $$$
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Lucky bugger, retiring to billions of $$$

tell me about it..people whine about his products but he still made more than half the world buy it or use it
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What ever people have to say about Bill Gates and his company's products, I appreciate him for what he has done. The products of Microsoft are not the best and were not the best. But they ( the products ) had certain amount of user friendliness not seen earlier. Its only because of Microsoft that many, many people are finding it easier to use computer.

I respect such a human being for what he has managed to accomplish.

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Biggest con ever. Save on the development; spend on the marketing; take over the world.

Well, maybe he didn't quite achieve the last point, but who's saying he's given up trying?

Microsoft have always been imitators and buyers, not innovators at all. Didn't even that first DOS operating system, that Gates used family connections to sell to IBM, get bought off someone else?

But whatever they actually succeeded at, and whatever the quality of the product, sure; its the great success story of the age --- even though I'm using Firefox browser, it's still Windows XP.

But it was IBM's decision to let others manufacture what has become known to all of us as "The PC" that ensured its place on everybody's desk.
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Biggest con ever. Save on the development; spend on the marketing; take over the world.
Well let's say M$ stretched and even broke laws on multiple occassions. However, they have made +ve contributions for the average Joe, and they were resilient, persistent and willing to change when they failed.
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But it was IBM's decision to let others manufacture what has become known to all of us as "The PC" that ensured its place on everybody's desk.
As for the PC, IBM did nothing of the sort. Fellows at Compaq reverse engineered the IBM PC BIOS in top secret to make their own PC compatible computer. They also had to "guess" about the ISA bus because IBM never released the specs...
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Whatever said and done, he has acheived what no one else has and its very hard to imagine anyone else can grow to that stature even in the future.

Kudos to an extraordinary individual! Lets hope his philanthropic effort is as fruitful as his career.
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