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Bill Gates takes new role as technology adviser

Microsoft has announced Bill Gates, previously chairman of the board of directors, will assume a new role on the board as founder and technology advisor, in a shake-up that will see Satya Nadella become CEO.

The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates
The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Microsoft said Gates, who founded the company in 1975, will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.

John Thompson, lead independent director for the board of directors, will assume the role of chairman of the board of directors and remain an independent director on the board.

Read: Microsoft names Satya Nadella new CEO

Microsoft names Satya Nadella new CEO

Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately, after a five month long search to find Steve Ballmer's successor.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO
Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO Credit: Microsoft

Nadella joined the compnay in 1992 and was charged with overseeing the company’s move to the cloud and the development of the cloud infrastructures that support Bing, Xbox, Office and other services.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder

Nadella is the third person to lead Microsoft since Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the company in 1975.

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Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete 'was a mistake'

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has admitted that the Control-Alt-Delete key combination was "a mistake" that he hadn't wanted to be used.

"We could have had a single button but the guy who did the IMB keyboard design didn't want to give us our single button," Gates said in a talk at Harvard University. "It was a mistake."

The 57-year-old, now a philanthropist with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was talking about the early years of Microsoft and the Windows operating system.

His comments begin at 16:30 into the video above.

Gates' launch $1 million 'next generation condom' fund

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has offered a $1 million reward to anyone who can create the ‘next generation condom’.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are offering to pay $100,000 in start-up costs to an inventor who modernises the “life-saving tool”, while promising to provide further funding of up to $1 million.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

The search was launched as part of the foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health research initiative.

It is hoped that a new condom will lead to substantial benefits for global including the prevention of disease as well as improving contraception rates.

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IF: The G8 could 'turn the tide' on hunger

One of the biggest campaigns in a decade to end world hunger is being launched today, by a hundred charities across the UK.

Talking about the IF campaign to ITV Daybreak, Brendan Cox explained how previous campaigns have made amazing progress, but the one area that does need work is hunger.

He said the world's food supply needs to be redistributed and the G8 could be the moment the UK 'turns the tide' on this.

Biggest hunger campaign in almost a decade

A campaign to end world hunger and poverty is being backed by charities and celebrities across the UK.

The 'Enough Food For Everyone If' appeal is the biggest attempt in almost a decade to try and end world hunger.

Celebrities such as pop band One Direction, Actor Orlando Bloom and Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky have appeared in an advert about the campaign.

IF: 'We need a concerted effort from governments'

Multi charity coalition IF claims that tackling the 'corporation tax gap' by multinational companies could help developing countries to raise enough revenue every day to save the lives of 230 children under five.

We should be proud of the great strides we are taking as a world to reduce poverty and tackle infectious diseases, but it is still the reality that more people die each year from hunger than from Aids, malaria and TB combined.

In a world where there is enough food for everyone, this is nothing short of a scandal.

We need a concerted effort from governments, civil society and philanthropists to tackle the root causes of this problem and together build a world where no child has to go hungry.

– Ben Jackson, chairman of the IF coalition

Calls for Cameron to tackle hunger issues through G8

The IF campaign will be formally launched tonight in London, a multi charity campaign aiming to end world hunger and poverty.

Backed by a hundred charities, the IF coalition is asking for Prime Minister David Cameron to tackle four main issues through the G8:

  • Stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available land to grow food for people, not biofuels for cars
  • Ensure governments keep their promises on aid, invest to stop children dying from malnutrition and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers
  • Make governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger
  • Force governments and investors to be "honest and open" about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food
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