Excerpt from one of many Financial Times articles on Microsoft this morning; also see
- Microsoft rules out post-Yahoo buying spree
- Microsoft braced for post-Gates era
- Pair picked to be brains behind Microsoft
- Timeline: Bill Gates at the helm of Microsoft
- Steve Ballmer interview
Kevin Johnson, head of the Windows and internet businesses, says for the past two years each product team has had to produce a set of formal “quests”, or long-term aspirations.
“We’ve basically operationalised a lot of the things that Bill does,” he says.
In spite of all the planning, however, there is no hiding the significance of the transition.
“His technology vision was always incredibly important to the company,” says Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft chief technology officer.
“They may feel the loss when they need to make a big, bold bet that lesser men would shrink from.”