Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, a popular Operating System that has powered more than 80% of devices available worldwide. He was also the former CEO of Microsoft before he decided to step down from it and focus more on his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It happened in the year 2000. By the end of 2008, Bill Gates announced that he will be leaving his full-time role at Microsoft and will now be focusing more on his efforts towards Philanthropy.
The news has come as a surprise to various people, but the few who are close to him have said it was expected, as Bill gates always wanted to make Philanthropy his priority. Satya Nadella, the current CEO of Microsoft, will be working closely with Bill Gates, as he will now be serving as a ‘technology advisor’ to the CEO.
In a statement to a leading news channel, Satya Nadella quotes, “It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years. Bill founded our company with a belief in the democratizing force of software and a passion for solving society’s most pressing challenges. And Microsoft and the world are better for it”.Source
He further added, “The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision. And Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward. I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”.
Although, Bill Gates has always been involved in some way or the other while taking the technical decisions for a company he created. His recent decision to step down from the board will be taking him the furthest away from the company he built. The current CEO, Satya Nadella, holds Bill Gates very close to him, and has commented on taking the advice or approval of Bill Gates in almost every decision he has made so far.
On the other hand, Microsoft is also tackling the current ongoing situation of Corona-virus. And the decision of Bill Gates to step down and contribute to Philanthropy amid the chaos is a bit shocking for some.
According to recent statements made by Microsoft regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, they have taken the necessary steps to mitigate the situation around their employees working in their office. The company was supposed to hold a 2020 Build Developer Conference from 19th May to 21st May but has canceled the event and made it completely online. Tickets are still available for sale on their official Build Website, but we will advise you not to buy it, as it will save you the hassle of getting a refund.
Various other tech giant companies like Facebook and Google too canceled their conferences and moved it online. Some companies have also started encouraging their workers to start work from home, and the company itself will cover every bit of expense required to set up the working environment.
Microsoft has not taken any such steps towards mitigating the situation as they have not released any statement or made any announcements amongst its employees to start work from home. Google has shut down its office in China without further notice and will remain close until the situation settles down.
Bill Gates is known for his philanthropic work in the fields of global health, climate change, and education amongst the masses. It will be interesting to see what he may have in store to contribute towards the rising global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill Gates, along with his wife, runs one of the largest charities in the world, which helps fund the education of many students who cannot afford it. They also fund global health programs, and the majority of their assets are involved in it.
When Bill Gates stepped down from his full-time role in Microsoft in the year 2008, he remained an active board member in it. He was responsible for approving and providing advice to any technical decision that ought to be taken for the benefit of the company. After bringing this huge gap between himself and the company, it’s yet to be seen what changes will be made in the company, if any.
Further information on Bill Gates’s decision and the company’s stand on the ongoing virus outbreak is yet to be received, as they have not provided any more official statements or many any announcements.