In 2016, Microsoft doesn’t carry quite the same cachet that it did a decade ago. Although Windows 10 has been widely praised as a step in the right direction, the company has never been able to garner the same good will that Apple has been swimming in for nearly a decade now. So who’s to blame?
Long since removed from running the day-to-day operations of Microsoft, Bill Gates seems to be enjoying retirement. Not only does he have time to spend on any number of philanthropic endeavors, he’s also not shy about engaging in a Reddit AMA every now and again.
That said, Gates on Tuesday afternoon returned to Reddit for the fourth time where he answered questions on a whole host of topics, including the FBI’s ongoing legal battle with Apple, how he used to skip class while he was a student at Harvard, and much more.
In the midst of Apple’s legal battle with the FBI, there has been no shortage of tech leaders who have come out and applauded Apple’s position on user privacy and its refusal to help the FBI bypass the iPhone’s security measures. From Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it almost seems as if Tim Cook’s public letter last week has unified large segments of the tech community behind a common cause.
But not every tech leader and luminary necessarily sees things from Apple’s point of view. So while Tim Cook maintains helping the FBI would set a dangerous precedent, Microsoft founder Bill Gates begs to differ.
In a refreshingly candid and informative interview with BBC’s Kirsty Young, Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke openly on number of interesting topics, including his rivalry with Steve Jobs and how he initially met and began courting his wife, now Melinda Gates. But perhaps the most interesting and quirky tidbit from Gates’ interview centers on the famed tech icon’s insatiable demand for excellence from his employees.
When Snoop Dogg wants to game online, he doesn’t want any obstacles standing in his way. So when Xbox Live went down for hours on Wednesday, Snoop was not a happy camper at all. In fact, the legendary rapper took to Instagram to post a short video ranting against Microsoft and Bill Gates for Xbox Live’s failures while also threatening to switch to Sony’s PlayStation 4. More →
Yesterday, I wrote an article about three bad tech-related proposals for fighting Islamic State that have popped up ever since the horrific terrorist attack in Paris last month. I should have known, however, that Donald Trump would outdo them all with the single stupidest and ill-considered proposal yet. More →
Aside from being the cofounder of one of the largest tech companies known to man, Bill Gates is also known for his tremendous philanthropy work. Gates and his foundation are trying to eradicate certain diseases, solve problems with clean water scarcity and, as of late, fix climate change. Gates is ready to bet $2 billion of his money to fund innovation at an accelerated pace to seek ideas that would turn out to be the “energy miracle” we’ll need in the future to put a stop to global warming. More →
Over the weekend, Microsoft, somewhat quietly, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen back in 1975, Microsoft, of course, would eventually go on to become the de-facto standard in computer software thanks to the 1-2 punch of Windows and Microsoft Office.
In commemoration of Microsoft’s 40th year, Bill Gates recently penned a letter to Microsoft employees which touched on what the company has accomplished while also painting a rosy picture of what lies ahead.
From Amazon to Apple to Tesla to Facebook, most of today’s more innovative tech companies were created by visionary entrepreneurs who successfully challenged the status quo.
Naturally, many of these entrepreneurs have become tech rockstars of sorts, with Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk being a few of the more notable examples.
That being the case, BusinessInsider recently compiled 22 inspirational quotes about success from some of today’s more notable entrepreneurs, including the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and many more. More →
While the bulk of Bill and Melinda Gates’ time these days centers on their charity work, the Gates family remains steadfastly devoted to all things Microsoft. If you thought that some time away from the trenches of the tech world might have softened their stance regarding Apple products, you might want to reconsider.
Worries about artificial intelligence possibly wiping out humanity aren’t just limited to science fiction writers — plenty of the world’s most brilliant people think developing AI could be a potentially catastrophic mistake as well. In addition to famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Space X CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates is now warning about the dangers of AI. More →
Bill Gates was invited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where he talked about the “Omniprocessor,” a neat invention that helps engineers turn human waste into clean water and electricity. This isn’t the first time Gates talked about this Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project, or the first time when Gates drank so-called “poop water,” but this time around the Microsoft guru also tricked Fallon into drinking the same kind of water. More →
Bill Gates may not run Microsoft anymore but he’s still doing some insanely cool things, such as coming up with more ways to provide clean drinking water to people around the world who now lack access to it. Gates’ quest for clean water has now led him to try getting it from a most unexpected source: Human waste. More →