Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates isn’t going to sugarcoat things: The increasing power of automation technology is going to put a lot of people out of work. Business Insider reports that Gates gave a talk at the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, DC this week and said that both governments and businesses need to start preparing for a future where lots of people will be put out of work by software and robots. More →
Bill Gates is an awesome human being. He has played a huge role in changing the world on several occasions — literally, not figuratively — first by helping to make personal computing a reality at Microsoft and amassing a ridiculously huge personal fortune in the process, and then by using that ridiculously huge personal fortune to make the world a better place for people in need across the globe. And despite his long and storied career, he’s not done changing the world. Gates’s continued philanthropic efforts will change millions, even billions of lives for the better moving forward.
Why is Microsoft having such difficulty finding a new CEO? As Re/code reports, many potential CEO candidates are worried about whether they’ll really have a free hand to run the company with founder and chairman Bill Gates lurking in the background. In fact, Re/code’s sources both inside and outside Microsoft say Gates “is more likely to remain visible, depending on the new leader, as well as more active within the company.” More →
Reddit’s annual Secret Santa had a surprise participant this year, and it was none other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Reddit user NY1227 on Wednesday posted what will undoubtedly go down as one of the best Reddit Secret Santa Stories of all time. After 24-year-old Reddit user Rachael received her Secret Santa shipment, she quickly tore it open to discover that it contained a stuffed cow, a book on traveling and a card with a certificate. The cow, it turned out, was symbolic of a donation made to Heifner International on Rachael’s behalf. It didn’t click at first, but then Rachael discovered a photo with the card and certificate. That photo, seen above, showed Bill Gates holding her cow and certificate. More →
Bill Gates may no longer be running Microsoft but that doesn’t mean he can’t help his company out in his spare time. Ars Technica reports that the Microsoft cofounder is helping Intellectual Ventures, a patent-holding firm that has in the past sued the Google-owned Motorola, acquire more patents and is listed as a co-inventor on 93 patent applications filed by the firm since 2008. Intellectual Ventures, which was cofounded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has around 70,000 patents in its portfolio even though it doesn’t make any products of its own. Indeed, the firm itself told Ars that its mission was not to make products but to “invest in ideas themselves and make them available to other companies” for a licensing fee.
Bill Gates has a long history of philanthropy in Africa and he’s decidedly unimpressed with Google’s initiative to help more people in Africa get Internet connectivity through the use of weather balloons that act as ad hoc wireless networks. During an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Gates said that Google’s African Internet initiative would do very little to help people on the continent who are suffering from disease and starvation, which he says are the main problems that most rural Africans face. More →
Bill Gates and late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are among a small group of people who helped shape the technology industry over the past 40 years and in a new interview conducted by 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose, the former reflects on his final visit with the latter. Gates recently sat down with 60 Minutes to discuss his work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and although it didn’t air in CBS’ broadcast, the conversation veered off topic for a few moments as the Microsoft co-founder got emotional while recounting his last visit with friend and rival Steve Jobs in May 2011. No spoilers here — the unaired footage from the Gates interview follows below. More →
The iPad may have the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any tablet in the world, but Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates thinks that many of its users are “frustrated” because it doesn’t come with a physical keyboard and it lacks access to Microsoft Office. Business Insider reports that Gates, while being interviewed on CNBC on Monday, said that a lot of iPad users “are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there.” As an alternative, Gates plugged Microsoft’s own Surface tablet that features the “portability of the tablet but the richness of the PC” and that not coincidentally has a physical keyboard accessory and access to Office. Of course, given how weak the Surface’s early sales have been compared to the iPad, it’s tough to argue that any frustration with Apple’s tablet is prompting consumers to flee to Windows-based tablets.
For the first time in recent memory, Microsoft (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates has started making noises that he’s not pleased about how the company is going about its business. In an interview with CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose, Gates said that despite all the progress Microsoft has made breaking into the mobile world over the past year with Windows 8 and the Surface, that the pace of his company’s innovation wasn’t fast enough and that he and current CEO Steve Ballmer were “not satisfied” with how quickly the company was getting out ahead of trends. More →
The palace intrigue at Microsoft (MSFT) just keeps getting more interesting. AllThingsD reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer received the backing of Microsoft cofounder and chairman Bill Gates in his decision to let former Windows president Steven Sinofsky leave the company. The reason that Gates and Ballmer were reportedly willing to let Sinofsky walk sounds very similar to the reasons why Apple (AAPL) allegedly pushed out iOS chief Scott Forstall: That is, he was supposedly a hindrance to cooperation within the company. As AllThingsD tells it, Ballmer and Gates want “to better allow various units work together more closely going forward.” And an unnamed Microsoft executive told the publication that Sinofsky wasn’t fitting in with Microsoft’s need for “creating strong areas of integration among all our products.”
In a recent interview posted by Microsoft (MSFT), company co-founder Bill Gates had much praise to offer Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet. Gates called the new slate an “unbelievably great product” and said it is far more than just a tablet. In a less widely reported portion of the interview, however, the former Microsoft boss had an insight to offer that sheds further light on Microsoft’s future plans. More →
It’s not exactly surprising, but Microsoft (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates is a big fan of his company’s first tablet. During an in-house interview posted on Monday, Gates said that the Surface is an “unbelievably great product” that delivers “an even better tablet… that also has what you’d expect in a PC.” Gates said that he just got his first Surface RT device recently and praised the device for “the richness of the swiping” that “takes the touch interface to a whole new level.” Gates also said that he loves showing the Surface off to people, especially the click-in keyboard that folds into the tablet and makes it more of a highly-portable computer than a plain old tablet. A full video of Gates’s interview is posted below. More →
Microsoft may be going it alone in making its first tablet but company chairman and founder Bill Gates says that Windows PC original equipment manufacturers shouldn’t feel spurned. As Julie Bort of Business Insider notes, Gates was interviewed by PBS’s Charlie Rose on Monday night and was asked about the advantages of a software company building its own devices versus relying on third-party OEMs. Gates said that one approach doesn’t necessarily preclude the other. More →