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Yahoo!/AP: Can Gates Become an Innovator?

Jan 15, 2000, 17:34 (11 Talkback[s])
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"Bill Gates and the company he co-founded, Microsoft, are known for many things. Within the technology community, however, innovation is not one of them."

"Now, however, Gates has adopted a new role as Microsoft's ``chief software architect,'' handing off his chief executive responsibilities to president Steve Ballmer. After making his mark as a businessman, Gates wants, figuratively, to head back to the garage - in his case, a 40-car parking structure - and tinker again.

"``My guess is that Bill Gates simply doesn't have anything to prove any more, and he found out that the last few years haven't been all that pleasant,'' said Linus Torvalds, founder and chief architect of the rival Linux operating system. ``My guess is that that he's really found out that he can do more interesting things.''

"Microsoft's rise from a dorm room discussion to become the highest-valued American company is the most stunning business story of the past quarter century."

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