Gates steps down as Chief Architect and sets plan for leaving Microsoft in 2008

Bill Gates has stepped down from his role of Chief Architect and has set plans for his gradual retirement from Microsoft. He will remain a full-time employee for the next two years, but plans to start working part-time starting in July 2008. He plans to remain Chairman of the Company.

Gates has plans to continue with charity work after handing over control of the Company he co-founded to Balmer and Ray Ozzie, the current CTO, who has stepped up to fill the Chief Architect role.

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