Microsoft's Bill Gates to Leave Day-To-Day Role in 2008

Microsoft said Bill Gates, the company's chairman and chief software architect, will hand over some of his roles and responsibilities at software behemoth and move out of his day-to-day role to concentrate on his charity.

Microsoft on Thursday said Bill Gates, the company’s chairman and chief software architect, will hand over some of his roles and responsibilities at the Redmond, Wash.-based behemoth and move out of his day-to-day role to concentrate on his charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in July 2008, according to a June 15 Microsoft release.

Gates will continue to serve as Microsoft’s chairman and adviser on major development initiatives until that time.

Current Microsoft Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will take over the chief software architect role immediately, and he’ll work closely with Gates on key projects until the summer of 2008. Craig Mundie, Redmond chief technical officer, will take on the new title of chief research and strategy officer, effective immediately, where he’ll work in conjunction with Gates on development efforts.

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates
Bill Gates

“Our business and technical leadership has never been stronger, and Microsoft is well-positioned for success in years ahead,” Gates said in the release. “I feel very fortunate to have such great technical leaders like Ray and Craig at the company.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to improve health and learning environments around the world.

"This was a hard decision for me," Gates said. "I’m very lucky to have two passions that I feel are so important and so challenging.  As I prepare for this change, I firmly believe the road ahead for Microsoft is as bright as ever."

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