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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bill Gates Must Go

Veteran high tech reporter, Michael Malone wrote an article recently in which he asks "After Dominating the Technology Industry for Years, is Microsoft Poised to Collapse?". It is quite clear that Microsoft has already lost its dominance in the industry, and even without a collapse Microsoft today is a shadow of its former self.

Microsoft Blogger, Robert Scoble posted a Microsoft defense by pointing out that it is still a great place to work, which I have no reason to doubt.

The real problem at Microsoft is that they have not really transitioned from Windows to the Web. Yes I know Mr. Scoble will tell me that Firefox and IE will run fine on Longhorn. But that's not the point, Microsoft must get actively involved in advancing the state of the art for Web development in a way that truly makes their business customers happy. That means no lock-in and greatly reduced technology churn.

From my vantage point it seems that the real problem is Bill Gates himself. He insists that Windows continues to be the primary focal point of Microsoft. Now Windows certainly got Microsoft to where it is today, but it is clear to everybody except for Mr. Gates that it won't propel them into the future.

There is only one solution, Bill Gates must resign from any active role within Microsoft so they can truly move into the Web world and bring increasing value to their customers, shareholders, partners and employees. Thank you Mr Gates for all you have done, now please step aside so Microsoft can take us to where we really want to go - to the Web and beyond.