One thing you can say for Microsoft Chairman William Gates: He's consistent--consistently demanding. On Feb. 3, he ousted President Michael Hallman, who has been in the post for two years. Said Gates: "I didn't see him as a match for what the job had grown to."

Evidently, Gates doesn't think any one person is a match for the job. He's filling the office of the president with three longtime Microsoft executives: Steve Ballmer, Michael Maples, and Francis Gaudette.

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