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NYTimes/AP: Gates Promotes Microsoft President to CEO

Jan 13, 2000, 23:23 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Markoff , Steve Lohr)

"Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, on Thursday promoted his longtime friend and company president Steve Ballmer to chief executive of the software giant that Gates founded."

"Gates said he was taking the action so he could return "to what I love most -- focusing on technologies for the future."

"Though Gates has focused more of his efforts on his vision for Microsoft and the computer industry in recent months, Thursday's announcement did not necessarily mean he is giving up any power..."

"Gates said he planned to dedicate all of his time to fashioning and promoting the "next generation" of Microsoft's flagship product, the Windows 2000 operating system."

"He said he especially wants to develop software services that will be hosted on the Internet and made part of future versions of Windows."

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