In a Microsoft video posted this morning (embedded below), Gates
said he’ll devote one-third of his time to meet with Microsoft
product groups to help define next-gen products. “I’m thrilled
that Satya asked me to step up and substantially increasing the
amount of time I spend at the company,” Gates said.
Some Microsoft shareholders — institutional and otherwise — had
advocated that Gates leave the board so that the new CEO wouldn’t
have to deal with a founder looking over his shoulder. That’s
certainly not going to happen now. Conspiracy theorists would say
Gates made sure it wouldn’t by pushing for his own CEO candidate,
one who needs him, over outside possibilities like Ford CEO Alan
Mulally who was seen as Ballmer’s pick.
Will be interesting to see how this plays out.