Gates Has No Plans to Return to Day-to-Day Microsoft Job

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates, who stepped down in 2008 from a day-to-day job at the world’s biggest software maker, said he has no plans to return to the company in an active role.

“I am committed now full time to my foundation work,” Gates, 56, said in Abu Dhabi today.

Gates served as chief executive officer of Microsoft until 2000, when he started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a charitable organization that fights hunger, disease and poverty. He maintained other management roles at Microsoft until 2008 and remains the Redmond, Washington-based company’s chairman.

“I didn’t retire from Microsoft because I thought things were getting boring,” Gates said. “I did decide that the philanthropic world is where my contribution would be more unique and so that’s what I will work on full time for the rest of life.”

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