Bill Gates last public speech as Microsoft Chairman Overview

Bill Gates launched Tech-ed Developers in Orlando, Florida today by announcing this was his last public speech as a full time employee (FTE) in his role of Microsoft Chairman. He will now transition to a part time employee and full time at his foundation.

Gates's focus was on a change in interaction. Over the years there has been no change in interaction as users use a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft research has been working on software advances and hardware power to interact with applications. Gates described this as natural user interface and detailed the small glimpse last week of Windows 7 inbuilt touch support. Natural interface has a dramatic impact and Microsoft is excited that this decade this will go mainstream and that the company is there providing built-in support in the Windows platform.

Gates then switched focus onto IE8. IE8 beta 2 will be ready in August and 20 more languages will be available a month after that.

Silverlight version 2 beta 2 is in the final stages and will be released soon.

Next up the latest and greatest robot invention named "ballmer bot" was demonstrated and it could even throw eggs!

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Well-this has been a watershed year for M$. Billy G is changing directions and passions which is never a bad thing. M$ did take a bold (and arrogant step) with Vista and as we already know as Neowinians it could have been done better with more support for more legacy devices. I can't say I fault M$ for trying to move the industry to a more current hardware standard even though for the average person XP on a P3 or higher is still usable and the extra cost for a "Vista Capable" PC via upgrades or hardware replacement isn't a reality. I like windows-for the last 13 years it has served me well. I have not had many problems that couldn't get solved. I do think my next upgrade will be to a Mac, it's a stable platform that is compliant with all the current software for the internet with proven reliability. I can honestly say I'm no longer in the mood to learn about new Windows anything as I know I'll be able to figure out any Windows problems in the future. After a long day I want to fire up my computer and know there's only a slight chance of an issue versus a higher probability with newer Windows software. This is the sentiment that has been brewing as the Vista backlash has no end in sight. Unless Windows 7 delivers on all the promises that have been made I have no intention of continuing to use M$ as my desktop solution. The only bad thing about a Mac is the price up front but they last longer so perhaps it's safe to say that owning a Mac could mean a lower total cost of ownership in the long run, IMHO.

(Galley said @ #6)
Bill's getting out while the getting's good. Microsoft is going downhill quickly.

Office 2007 is still good--massively bloated, but good. MS's operating systems though... I don't know WTF has been going on in that division, it's out of control. They have to stop adding junk to Windows, and they have to dump legacy support. Run the legacy stuff in a VM! That would eliminate many of Windows' problems and MS might stop losing so many users to OS X, Linux, and the consoles.

(toadeater said @ #6.1)
MS might stop losing so many users to OS X, Linux, and the consoles.

Most stupid post ever.

MS does not compete against consoles (or itself). That took away all the credibility from your post

Yes, I personally got a Mac some months ago because I was tired of Windows "features".

I never used a computer responsive like my Mac. That was the best move I ever did (about computers).
The operating system division of microsoft should really get an overhaul.

The scanner and the printer I have didn't work on Vista (because there was no driver), however they works perfectly on Mac OS 10.5.x

They dump legacy support on things they shouldn't (peripherals like printer or scanners) but keep compatibility with (very) old softwares that can be run in virutal environment. This is strange.

Edit : To sum up my thoughts : Apple implements "Plug and Play", Microsoft implements "Plug and Pray"

(vanacid said @ #6.3)
Edit : To sum up my thoughts : Apple implements "Plug and Play", Microsoft implements "Plug and Pray"

You sir, are clever. Just becuase a mac was better suited to your needs doesn't make you smarter/better than any windows user. Before you say you never said you were smarter/better, you don't have to. Your post smacks of arrogance.

It's one thing to buy a mac and use it and love it. It's another thing to assume that you've gained some elite status because you don't use windows anymore.

(rec_kris said @ #6.4)
You sir, are clever. Just becuase a mac was better suited to your needs doesn't make you smarter/better than any windows user. Before you say you never said you were smarter/better, you don't have to. Your post smacks of arrogance.

It's one thing to buy a mac and use it and love it. It's another thing to assume that you've gained some elite status because you don't use windows anymore. :rolleyes:

Uh, where did he show elitism?

Galley sorry to say but that's a uselss post,Microsoft isn't going down.their revenue and incresing sales year by year reflect the oppsite,who shall i belive, true financial and results information or an opinion made by an unknown person in neowin

I've already chosen

Maybe later in the show, it's just the first speech. That said I expect all the big Win7 stuff at PDC.

The big bummer was that we'll have to wait till August for IE8 Beta 2. :(

Oh well, Beta 1 still works great for me, but in IE7 emulation mode.

That already happened. He said he'd resign as chairman in 2008 as well, and here we are.

...last public speech as a full time employee (FTE) in his role of Microsoft Chairman...

(Dakkaroth said @ #4.1)
That already happened. He said he'd resign as chairman in 2008 as well, and here we are.

If they have picked a new Chairman, it is the deepest, darkest secret of all time. AND the speculator class has not said word one about who that replacement might be.

rdmiller is correct. For example, former Microsoft president Jon Shirley is a member of the board, but has not been an FTE since 1990. With the exception of BillG, few board members are. And according to Mr. Gates' bio:

After July 2008 Gates will continue to serve as Microsoft’s chairman and an advisor on key development projects.

The role of Chief Software Architect was planned as a two-year transition...he didn't simply hand Ozzie the keys.

Dak, if you are going to post a comment that Mr. Gates said he would resign his chair in 2008, please include a link to proof, cuz nobody else is aware of this.

(Dakkaroth said @ #4.1)
That already happened. He said he'd resign as chairman in 2008 as well, and here we are.


Well it's his company I guess he can change his mind, huh?

I don't know. I didn't like the way Bill reacted to that pie in the face. He just came across a total loser there, bad sport, 'you know all those rumours about him being a bully to his staff are true just by the way he reacted to that', etc.

Ballmer at least had the courage to duck behind a table when he had the eggs thrown at him.

(thenonhacker said @ #1)
It's great to have a rich person like Bill Gates to give back to charity and solving the world's health and hunger problems.

I agree He doesn't need to do it.

(pippi123 said @ #1.2)
should rather give to his own nation than feed some 3rd-worlders through who get used to this handouts more and more.

Maybe our government should take care of that, what with all the income tax that he pays. 3rd World citizens aren't so 'fortunate'.

(magik said @ #1.3)

Maybe our government should take care of that, what with all the income tax that he pays. 3rd World citizens aren't so 'fortunate'.

Talking from 3rd world not-so-poor country (I dont know why spain is located at the 1st anyway), they make charity here to clean their faces of their fascist actions with local polices... you dont need that there (YET)

(magik said @ #1.3)
Maybe our government should take care of that, what with all the income tax that he pays. 3rd World citizens aren't so 'fortunate'.

i'm from germany. my government of does way too much for 3rd-worlders (imo of course). i'd rather see the charity payments coming from private citizens. this entire thing is off-topic, but if you look at africa and the payments they received since 1990, you will see that the help from the 1st-world almost exactly matches the money their governments spent on weapons and wars (source in german: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,510917,00.html). if the politicians there want wars, they should have to explain their people why they have to starve or their kids can't go to school.

Maybe he could throw some millions at Mobil and the rest of the oil companies and get us some gas that's not like $5/gallon, how about that?