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Tipped Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella said demanding more Gates

Tipped Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella said demanding more Gates

Rumored Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella could be finalized by the company's board as early as next week, sources claim, though chatter of Bill Gates stepping down as chairman might in fact be because the founder is shifting into a more involved role, not stepping back. Nadella was tipped as in discussions about the chief executive position earlier today, but according to the WSJ's sources, one of his requests is that Gates be brought back into the thick of things and "spend more time on technology and strategy."

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Original Windows demo video shows pre-OS in 1983

Original Windows demo video shows pre-OS in 1983

At a trade show known as COMDEX all the way back in 1983, an intrepid group of technology enthusiasts captured a great many bits and pieces of what were to become crucial components in the computing universe that we know today. One of the demos shown here was Microsoft's original demonstration of Windows 1.0. "You might think of the icon as the very smallest form of a Window", says the presenter, "and as you move the cursor down into this area, it takes on a different meaning, because now it's in the icon area." Things are still very, very rudimentary back when this video was filmed.

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Bill Gates: “part-time” at Microsoft is all they’re getting

Bill Gates: “part-time” at Microsoft is all they’re getting

Bill Gates has again clamped down on suggestions that he could return to Microsoft amid the company's hunt for a new CEO, with the founder saying that he's content to "help out part-time" instead. Gates was asked by Bloomberg whether he felt the temptation to weigh in with his own strategy on Microsoft's future after current CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down.

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Bill Gates: Innovation to nearly eradicate poor countries by 2035

Bill Gates: Innovation to nearly eradicate poor countries by 2035

Technology comes in many varieties, and though the left arm may be doing something vastly different than the right arm, both intersect at the same point -- the human element, where for better or worse technological innovations alter our lives. Many innovations have both taken place and grown in the tech industry's recent past that promise to shape our future, from 3D-printed eye cells as a potential cure for blindness to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. In part because of these innovations, the poverty in present-day poor countries will more or less be eradicated by the year 2035, says Bill Gates.

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Bill Gates Reddit Secret Santa gift brings Cow-joy to one lucky recipient

Bill Gates Reddit Secret Santa gift brings Cow-joy to one lucky recipient

Tis the season for giving, but for the one Reddit user so lucky as to be on the receiving end of a Secret Santa gift exchange with Bill Gates, it's a really, really good year to be getting. This particular gift exchange is one done all around the world, but in this case set inside the United States, with user NY1227 getting another (unknown) person to send a gift to. Lucky her, a 7-pound gift full of packing peanuts was on her way early this week.

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Microsoft CEO news expected “early part of 2014” says board

Microsoft CEO news expected “early part of 2014” says board

Microsoft will announce its new CEO in the early part of 2014, the company has announced, paring down 100 possible candidates for what will be only the firm's third ever chief executive. From that 100, Microsoft "talked with several dozen" and then focused on around twenty, board member John W. Thomspon reveals, with the process "moving ahead well."

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Bill Gates, Zuckerberg fund non-profit to bring public schools broadband Internet

Bill Gates, Zuckerberg fund non-profit to bring public schools broadband Internet

The Internet is an integral part of modern education, and not only provides many different elements of supplemental education -- video tutorials, instructional websites, etc. -- it also is necessary for specific fields of study, like programming. The problem is that many public schools in the United States (approximately 80%) do not have adequate broadband speeds, something that a non-profit recently backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg wants to change.

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Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Bill Gates thinks four or five years is an "optimistic, or perhaps overoptimistic" timeline for the deployment of Amazon's delivery drones. But in the same breath, Gates praised the project for its potential to impact other areas of society, such as "getting health supplies out to people in tough places." Gates is widely known for his support of global health initiatives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropic institutions.

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Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

A report on AllThingsD this weekend made a case for Tony Bates to take outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's title. Bates is currently the EVP of business development, strategy and evangelism at Microsoft and formerly oversaw the Skype division (Microsoft took over Skype in 2011.) It would appear at least a dozen Silicon Valley "tech leaders" interviewed for the report feel Bates is the best choice for MS CEO.

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Microsoft investors reportedly pushing for Bill Gates to step down

Microsoft investors reportedly pushing for Bill Gates to step down

Bill Gates could have an interesting future ahead of him at Microsoft, if claims made by sources who spoke to Reuters are true. Said "people familiar with the matter", three of the top twenty investors at Microsoft are lobbying the company's board to have Bill Gates step down from his position as Microsoft's chairman.

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This is where Ctrl+Alt+Del came from

This is where Ctrl+Alt+Del came from

Bill Gates regrets it, Windows users generally hate it, and its become computing shorthand for hitting reset on a bad idea, but Ctrl+Alt+Del wasn't always a bad idea. The much-maligned key combo came in for some criticism by the former Microsoft CEO at an interview this week, with Gates questioning "Who's idea was that?" and blaming IBM for not replacing it with a single hardware button.

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Ctrl+Alt+Del was a mistake says Bill Gates

Ctrl+Alt+Del was a mistake says Bill Gates

If you're a Windows user you probably wondered why Microsoft and Bill Gates made some of the decisions they did with the operating system. One of the strange, and at times annoying, decisions that Microsoft and Gates made early on in Windows development was to force users to use the Ctrl+Alt+Del key sequence. That key sequence was originally designed to reboot the computer as a way to log into Windows.

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