Gates Passes The Ball To Ballmer

LOOKS AS IF BILL GATES IS REALLY A NERD AFTER ALL. On July 21, Microsoft's chairman and CEO elevated his sidekick, Steve Ballmer, to president so Gates can focus on product strategy. "We're only one-quarter of the way along in achieving what's possible," says Gates. "I want to work with our developers to simplify the user interface, create computing tablets and intelligent TVs." Operating units, legal, product development, and sales managers will report to Ballmer. Top priority: to make sure Microsoft doesn't get "big-company problems," he says.

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