Philanthropy to come first

Gates will cut back duties at Microsoft; Bay State's Ozzie inherits a top post

From left: Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie, chief software architect Ray Ozzie, and chief executive officer Steve Ballmer.
By Robert Weisman and Hiawatha Bray
Globe Staff / June 16, 2006

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Software pioneer Bill Gates , who founded Microsoft Corp. in 1975 and drove the explosive growth of personal computers worldwide over the past three decades, yesterday said he would step back from full-time work at Microsoft to focus on philanthropy and turn over the company's top technical job to Massachusetts technology developer Ray Ozzie . (Full article: 981 words)

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