Microsoft co-founder and longtime chairman Bill Gates formally steps down from the company’s day-to-day operations today. He gave up his CEO post in 2000 in favor of Steve Ballmer, but has remained chief software architect. Gates will still be chairman of the board, but will devote most of his time to the Gates Foundation, his charitable group.
The Seattle Times has a Gates retrospective in its Microsoft Business section, including a recap of his most famous memos.
Elsewhere in Seattle, a deejay did a dramatic reading of Gates’s 2003 angry internal email after he struggled to download a Microsoft product, Moviemaker.