Who will replace Bill Gates?

Since joining Microsoft I've heard Bills name in conversations with me so many times now that It's quite disturbing to be honest. In that, a lot of the time I get the "yeah well tell your buddy Bill..." or "..When you next See Gates..." piecemeal conversations. It gets used in a variety of flavors but usually its got a depth of hatred mixed in, and I'm wondering what will happen to these conversations once Mr Gates steps down in 2008. Will our CEO Steve Ballmer be the next one on the list, or Ray Ozzie? I think they'll still milk this piece of dribble for about another 1-2 years depending on the profile Bill holds in the future but sooner or later a lot of this "Mr Gates Read This" type rants that we see daily online will need to be redirected.

It's funny how people forget that there's thousands of bodies with brains and pairs of eyes whom stand behind Bill under the Microsoft banner - these are usually the ones that make the day to day decisions as I'm sure that Bill doesn't sit there every night going over expense reports, decisions on what productX will have in terms of features in and out and most of all - I doubt he has money bins out the back like Scrooge McDuck has whereby he's always thinking up evil plots to get a dollar or two extra out of you to add to his ever growing bins of money.

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bill will be given his due credit/blame for the way Microsoft is till there is no more Microsoft or bill.

may that day come quickly

Anyone BUT the current batch of retards that gave us Vista, and get someone who will force them to write a slim and WORKING OS

But think of the direction Microsoft will go in after Bill Gates has left....will they veer towards or from the Open Source side?

Personally Id love to be in charge of Microsoft.......are Neowin holding job interviews? lol

ChocIST

you all have it wrong, Bill is going to invent a way to copy all the information in your brain and make a clone head of himself, like in futurama.

LTD said,
Well, he either has control over his product or he doesn't.

Think of presidents and leaders of various countries. Do they control everything around them? No. They're merely figureheads that try to maintain a balance between the system.

people love to b*tch, whine and complain, i'm sure they'll easily find another scapegoat to blame all their windows problems on.

Correct.

Many people are under the false impression that Mr. Gates is retiring...including Scott. Mr. Gates made it quite clear at the very beginning of the "Town Hall Meeting" broadcasted internally that it was not a retirement announcement, even as news outlets around the world were reporting that it was (apparently the word "retire" made a better storyline that the AP would more readily pick up or something...).

As far as anyone knows, he will never step down as Chairman of the Board. The primary change is that he is no longer Chief Software Architect. The secondary change to come later is that he won't spend every day on the main campus: his other responsibilities are being more well-defined, and then distributed. Note that MS hasn't employed an individual as the corporate president since RickBe stepped down in 2001...the company is in a constant state of re-organization and renewal, and this is just another chapter of the company's evolution.

So until he actually says goodbye (which he hasn't done, and has stated himself that he isn't going to), he will ultimately still be the man that everyone answers to.

Swordnyx said,
Was that a joke? Had you forgotten about the "I am going to ****ing kill Google" thing?
LOL

Check out the "Google" link from my post. It was exactly referencing his rage toward Google.

I had an executive meeting and I will be replacing Sir William (Bill) Gates.

Roll on the good looking women and all that money!

Well, if it's Steve Ballmer, they better cut the whole 'hatred' thing, or Ballmer will eat you for breakfast -- Literally. :P