On June 27, 2008, Bill Gates began the transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates will remain Microsoft's chairman and will be involved in select projects based on direction from Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and the leadership team.
Microsoft will continue to be led by a deep leadership team, led by CEO Steve Ballmer, Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie and Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie.
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Here are some frequently asked questions answered.
Q: Is Bill Gates retiring from Microsoft Corp.?
A: No. Gates will continue to have a role at Microsoft as nonexecutive chairman. In June 2006, Microsoft announced that Gates would transition out of his day-to-day role at the company to focus more of his energy on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The structural changes in leadership happened at that time, with Ray Ozzie taking on the chief software architect role and Craig Mundie the chief research and strategy officer position.
Q: When is Gates' last day working at Microsoft?
A: Gates will continue in his current full-time role at Microsoft through the end of June 2008. His last full-time day at Microsoft is June 27, but he will continue to serve as non-executive chairman for the company.
Q: What will Gates focus on at Microsoft moving forward? What is his role?
A: Gates will remain Microsoft's chairman and will be involved in select projects based on direction from Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, along with Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie.
Q: After June, will Gates' title remain Microsoft chairman? How long has he held that title at the company?
A: Yes. Gates will continue to serve as Microsoft's chairman. He was named chairman in June 1981.
Q: Where can I go for more information about the leadership team at Microsoft?
A: For the latest information about Bill Gates and Microsoft's leadership team, please visit www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/leadership/default.mspx.