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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 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.

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 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.


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 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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