Microsoft investors say Bill Gates should step down
1. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
That awkward moment when people wanna kick you out of your own company lol XD
6. dragonisinogard (Posts: 34; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
It happens look at Steve Jobs, he was fired by Apple until Apple almost went bankrupt under control of the PepsiCo CEO than he called Bill Gates and made a deal with the devil. He sold 10% of Apple to Bill so they could stay afloat and he came back as CEO and made Apple what it was before his death.
7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
But that happened when he was young. Bill is old and will be ousted soon.
11. james004 (Posts: 441; Member since: 15 May 2013)
he is still with microsoft because its good business. he has barely anything to do with things happening at microsoft. the new windows 8, new windows phone, xbox. he had all these great ideas 10 years ago already but he didnt know how to bring them to life which his new team is doing for him now. so really he isnt contributing nor holding back anyone.
22. dragonisinogard (Posts: 34; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
You are exactly right sir. He still has control of the company and everything but he is more focused on his philanthropic options going around the world saving sick kids rather than his sick company.
17. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
If he's selling back stock on a regular basis, sounds like he'll be ousting himself soon enough. I'm sure that's his plan all along, quietly slip away as the new dominant share holder takes the COB reigns.
8. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
The problem with this investors, they are becoming too greedy. That's just the case with Steve Jobs, when they were in trouble. They begged for him to come back. Of course he did made a great comeback.
23. sprockkets (Posts: 940; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
"It happens look at Steve Jobs, he was fired by Apple until Apple almost went bankrupt under control of the PepsiCo CEO than he called Bill Gates and made a deal with the devil."
Steve Jobs was fired for trying to take over apple when his CEO was out. He also was going way over budget and going nowhere with his next gen copeland project.
He deserved it.
27. dragonisinogard (Posts: 34; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
I never said he didn't I just said he was fired. Thank you for elaborating on what he was fired for. However it was also for his drug use and his legal troubles with his ex-girlfriend over Lisa his daughter and namesake for one of his earliest computer. He really was losing it, when he was fired it let him go and get his head on straight he started eating right, and having a family life with his daughter. After he was on the right path again he got the offer to rejoin Apple which he did and took them to new heights.
19. rms.max (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I thought they will tell him to step up as CEO.Except Bill Gates ,everybody in M$ is a**Hole .
2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 807; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Any company would be so lucky as to have him in any aspect.
9. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
At the end of this story is saying that MS still of use with the company. People at MS is saying that he is best @ CEO rather than Chairman. They need his ideas as CEO.
14. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 807; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I don't think he'll never reprise his role as CEO and I applaud him for it because the work he is doing for the world is too important.
However don't see how him being on the board is hurting the company. It was his ideas that made MS what it was and he is using what he learned there in a philanthropic capacity. Who is to say he can't bring some ideas and knowledge that he gained through philanthropy back to MS.
They seem to want to want him out because he is limiting what the CEOs can do. I wonder what other kinds of stupid crap MS would have done under the Ball(sack)mer reign without him there.
3. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Oh, new strategies? You mean like WP which still doesn't have even 10% of the global market? Or perhaps Windows 8 - an OS which polarized the market because it throws everything that was good in Windows 7 in favor of touch-based input. Or perhaps Xbox one which afaik focuses more on some other stuff than gaming.
Maybe it's the revolutionary KIN phones which were ultra successful? Or perhaps the Surface which sold millions of units?
Sure, new strategies! Microsoft has been executing all of them so well over those years.
At least Bill Gates was a nerd in his soul, not a psychotic control freak.
10. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Oh...Yeah...How do you expect a company continue without any new products??? if there are nothing new, people like you starts complaining "NO INNOVATION" from Microsoft...
15. ilia1986 (unregistered)
No nothing new - but continue in the same direction from 2009.
16. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Ha...that will be a awkward moment...try using a windows 7 on a touch screen...
25. sprockkets (Posts: 940; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Works just fine with a floating digitizer pen that's been available for 5 years now.
12. brrunopt (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
"because it throws everything that was good in Windows 7 in favor of touch-based input."
another troll that never really used win8
and yes, the Surface is estimated to have sold near 2M
24. sprockkets (Posts: 940; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Used Win8, sucks. Ditched the metro ui just like everyone else does.
26. ngo2dd (Posts: 773; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
No you have not. Win8 is better in everything then win7 when you have mobile processors running it with little to no lag it is by far better. You have no idea about programming.
18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Don't forget the Zune. Still know a lot of people mad about that.
4. Ikechukwu (Posts: 125; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
Only 3 investors out of 20 said this!!! The title made me think every single investor wanted Bill out. This is pure misinformation. smh
5. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
Bill Gates = Microsoft .
No Bill Gates = No Microsoft.
13. Pdubb (Posts: 237; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
An interesting item. Why would they want Gates out right now if he will have no stake in the company in 5 years. Do these investors have some sort of plan that would change the company only if Bill is not there? It is highly unlikely that MS would suffer too much in the next 5 years if they were to simply stay the course. Bill Gates has done nothing to make anyone feel as if he does not have the best interest of the company. I think this is simply to get people talking. I would think that without Gates involved the stocks would take a huge tumble. Why would anyone believe in MS if there was so much uncertainty surrounding the company?