The Road Ahead

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2008-06-25 Print this article Print

In the midst of that enviable ecosystem is the company from which Gates is now stepping away: an unparalleled combination of technology talent and market dominance.

But it's a company that must find new ways to grow, despite its large size. Its most recent attempt to challenge technology leaders such as Google in the world of Web 2.0--the acquisition of Yahoo--has been unsuccessful so far. The company also faces the challenge of maintaining its operating system platform hegemony through the so-far lackluster advent of Windows Vista, even as it looks ahead to what is now being called Windows 7.

But if Gates' friend and successor, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has learned anything from long association with his mentor, it is to take risks and persevere, whatever the odds.

Stan Gibson is a Boston technology writer and principal of Stan Gibson Communications. He can be reached at


Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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