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article imageDigital Journal TV: The Outlook For Microsoft as Bill Gates Prepares to Exit

By Chris Hogg     Jun 26, 2008 in Business

Mini Documentary: Bill Gates, Then and Now

He's an innovator, a visionary and just plain genius: Bill Gates has made perhaps the biggest contribution to humankind with his life's work. Now, Gates prepares to transition out of Microsoft, but he has another chance to revolutionize the world.
Digital Journal -- When Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 with friend Paul Allen, nobody could have guessed the 20-year-old would change history. Gates ushered in the era of the personal computer and built a business around software when nobody thought it was possible.
Today, Gates and his company Microsoft are household names. The Harvard drop-out is known as a business magnate, a software visionary, a philanthropist and one of the richest men in the world.
But this week marks a big change for Gates: He's transitioning out of Microsoft to put more energy and time into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charitable organization. On June 27, Gates moves from his day-to-day role at Microsoft but will stay on as the company's chairman.
The 52-year-old is the co-chair and strategic thinker of the foundation in his name. The organization employs more than 500 people worldwide and has billions of dollars invested in enhancing healthcare, reducing extreme poverty, giving children access to education and computers and fighting diseases like AIDS in more than 100 countries.
While Gates is not totally out of Microsoft, his life and the company are undergoing a major change as he transitions out of a daily role. Today's marketplace is dramatically different than the one that existed when Microsoft was founded, and with billions of dollars at his disposal Gates is faced with another opportunity to revolutionize the world.
In this mini documentary, Digital Journal TV goes inside the life of Bill Gates. We look back at the defining moments of his career, including setting up an international company in his early twenties; we hear from Gates' friends and colleagues about the triumphs and tribulations of building a software empire; we go inside his new role with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and we look at the company's position in the industry today, and tomorrow.
This is your in-depth look at the man who changed all our lives and history forever, and he has another chance to do it all over again.
When all is said and done, what do you think of the outlook for Microsoft and Gates?
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