The Road Ahead
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.Stan Gibson is a Boston technology writer and principal of Stan Gibson Communications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.