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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.

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