Bill Gates' decision to transition out of Microsoft's daily operations met with a range of reactions. Some suggested that the news is great for humanity, since Gates will dedicate more time to health and education through his foundation, but less certain for the future of Microsoft.
"Bill will no doubt be a very influential figure in the world of charity," one reader commented on Microsoft's in house Channel 9 Web site, adding "humankind has actually gained a lot more (than) what Microsoft may have lost."
The news didn't cause an immediate stir on Wall Street -- Microsoft stock hardly moved in after hours trading. "Maybe Gates knows he can do more good to the world with his foundation -- where he's invested over half of his fortune -- than with that lumbering behemoth, Microsoft," said the Silicon Valley gossip site
Another post on former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble's site said simply, "Apparently, he's sick of Windows, too."