Microsoft's co-founder and chairman has been a polarizing figure in the computer industry. As he eases out of day-to-day management, the debate begins on how he will be remembered.
Gates is now halfway into that transition and the remaining months are ticking away. At the end of June 2008, Gates will turn over what remains of his daily grind at Microsoft and devote his full attention to philanthropy at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He will continue to serve as Microsoft's chairman and adviser on special development projects.