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I ran my own blog from November 2006 till October 2014. All posts are still online, but I don't have time to update it anymore. Please note that all images and media files have been removed when the backup was moved to a new host in early 2016. Enjoy!

Can You Imagine Microsoft Without Bill Gates?

10. january 2008

So it's more or less official now, Bill Gates will leave Microsoft. Personally I never liked the "visionary genius" or "inventor" Bill Gates, as most times he simply copied other people's ideas. But one has to admit that he's a real business genius who knows how to sell anything to anyone, and he definately was one of the leaders of the personal computer revolution.

 

Things in the computer industry will change when Bill's gone. Microsoft without Bill Gates is like Apple without Steve Jobs - they're not only losing one of their founders, but also the leading character who was representing the company during the past few decades. Everyone knows Bill Gates, and many respect him - at least as a business man and the leader of an awfully successful global company.

 

And he leaves while Microsoft has to face new challenges. Windows Vista didn't fulfill the expectations yet. They thought to have beaten Apple, but MacOS X is gaining market share and the Zune player remains a niche product while iPod and iPhone are just everywhere. Windows and Office are performing well, but Microsoft never managed to turn other projects into profitable products, including the Xbox. Internet Explorer is losing marketshare to Firefox and Safari, Office is threatened by web applications, Windows is considered to be a MacOS X ripp-off by many, Google now also rivals their platform in the mobile market...

Steve Ballmer is probably one of the best company leaders out there, but it's not yet clear if he's the man who will have the right "feeling" when it comes to technological decisions, and he'll probably never be indentified with technological evolution in a way Gates was. After all, Bill Gates was the man who determined the technological strategies of the company, and it's not yet known if his successors Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie will be able to fill the gap.