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Red Herring: Big Fish: Time for Gates to leave

Mar 29, 2000, 23:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Kapustka)

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"...Mr. Gates should simply take his ball and go home. He should quit. ... He should take his bazillions in personal wealth and become the world's greatest philanthropist, or work on his golf game. Mostly, he should find some other field to dominate, because Mr. Gates is not going to find a lot of love in the computer industry anytime soon."

"Don't take this opinion just from us -- take it from the multitudes of Microsoft executives who seem to be racing each other out the company's front door. Nobody, it seems, except for the loyal Mr. Ballmer, wants anything to do with Microsoft these days, except to have it listed as "last job" on a resume. And Mr. Gates may not know it, but his recent decision to anoint himself as Microsoft's "chief software officer" draws mainly snickers of derision around the Internet industry. After all, this is a company that has for so long favored imitation over innovation that it could be said that Microsoft's next revolutionary, distinctive product may very well be its first."

"Instead of choosing valiantly to fight, Mr. Gates should just call it quits. Though his company won't be struggling anytime soon, thanks to its still-impressive control of the desktop software arena, neither is it cutting-edge enough to warrant Mr. Gates's attention. With its huge market capitalization and massive cash reserves, Microsoft could keep its current position with Homer Simpson at the helm. But it's hardly a place for technology innovation, not when the company still considers a new operating system a really big deal."

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