I try not to overuse “quietly” when talking about company announcements, but this one was pretty much as quiet as could be. A Friday afternoon press release — amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and though I’m guessing that’s purely coincidental, it surely helped bury the news — under the anodyne headline “Microsoft Announces Change to Its Board of Directors”.
I can’t imagine there’s anything they’re hiding here. It seems clear Gates just wanted his final exit to be … quiet. But, man, in terms of history, Bill Gates leaving Microsoft is a moment. To call Gates a titan of industry is an understatement.
★ Tuesday, 17 March 2020