Gates is becoming more involved with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he will focus most of his attention on the global philanthropic enterprises such as sending vast amounts of cash into the money pit known as Africa.
Looking back to a 2003 e-mail written by Gates shows that he himself with 90% of the computer market share sometimes wishes he bought a Mac.
"I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don't drive usability issues.
Let me give you my experience from yesterday.
I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack ... so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.
The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up."
A slice of life of one of the richest men in the world who in 2003 had nothing better to do than try to download up Moviemaker only to be faced with the problems of mere mortals who even today have the excellent Vista program forced onto them.
Please no more so-called improvements or upgrades we just want a system that doesn't sell our details, track our movements or drive us to drink with error messages.
The e-mail ended with this.
"So after more than an hour of craziness and making my programs list garbage and being scared and seeing that Microsoft.com is a terrible website I haven't run Moviemaker and I haven't got the plus package and ended up back to surfing porn."
I suppose if everyone made reliable, long lasting, quality products less items would be sold. We here at OBB News wish Mr Gates well in his endeavours and if he wants to waste his hard earned billions this reporter can meet him at the race track.