Bill Gates spending ‘much bigger slice of time’ at Microsoft amid CEO transition

billgatesNo, Bill Gates says he isn’t returning as Microsoft CEO. But he is spending much more time at Microsoft these days than he had originally planned.

That’s one of the nuggets from an extensive interview with Gates by the Financial Times. When the Microsoft left day-to-day duties at the company in 2008, the Microsoft chairman had planned to continue working about one day a week on Microsoft projects.

But that has increased with his role on the committee searching for a replacement for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, according to the story. He also still meets regularly with selected product groups. In addition, the FT’s Richard Waters reports, Gates “expects to spend considerable time working with the next boss after an appointment is made.”

Among other tidbits, Waters quotes Gates downplaying Mark Zuckerberg’s “rough plan” to bring Internet connectivity more people around the world. “Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine?” says Gates in the piece, “If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t.”

Read the full interview here.

  • Harkonnen

    Maybe he should spend far less time at Microsoft, given that he groomed Ballmer to succeed him and maintained that support despite the countless succeeding mis-steps. Time for a full house-cleaning.

  • panacheart

    Actually I would disagree with Gates about the importance of connectivity for those that have none. Knowledge is power. Leaders have known that for centuries. And connectivity opens up the world of knowledge and bridges the digital divide. It may even help his cause with Malaria by opening up a whole new world of ideas and knowledge to those who are affected by Malaria but have no window to the world to understand their own relative plight. Can you imagine if those affected by Malaria and poverty start to see the relativity of their plight? Or if they started to communicate regularly with the developed world so we better see and understand the issues of poverty and disease they’re faced with?

    Zuckerberg’s reasons for wanting connectivity in developing nations are probably much less altruistic than Gates’, but could in fact have a strong impact on poverty and disease in unintended ways.