NYTimes/AP: Gates Promotes Microsoft President to CEO

“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

“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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