Bill Gates’ gearing focus to philanthropic over Microsoft

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Cat Mules

Microsoft co-founder and social technologist, Bill Gates, is stepping down from the company’s Board of Directors into a Technology Advisor role to concentrate more on his philanthropic initiatives, the company announced Friday afternoon.

A confessed tech fanatic, Gates carved out a global niche for collaborative computer software. Creating Microsoft in the ‘80s with childhood friend Paul Allen, Gates has since led it to become the world’s most successful software company, with ever-expanding social and business implications. Now, Gates’ will have more technical influence at Microsoft, in the form of technology guidance to CEO, Satya Nadella, as he prioritises his energies more greatly on global philanthropic needs including health and education.

Despite this official role change, Gates will continue to have a pivotal involvement in Microsoft’s strategic direction.  In the company statement, Nadella wrote, “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.”

Gates’ sharper focus on philanthropy also reflects Microsoft’s core democratic aims and leadership agenda. In a LinkedIn post titled Focusing My Time, Gates writes, “I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”



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