Will Microsoft lose its position as the world's dominant IT company after Bill Gates steps down?

17% Yes

83% No

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

The future is bright for Microsoft, according to this week’s Big Question respondents. They believe Bill Gates’ decision to step down from day-to-day running of the company he co-founded will have little impact on Microsoft’s global status.

“There is stepping down and stepping away; the two are not the same. I am sure if things went wrong he would have some input in trying to get back on track. This is a man with an acute business brain. He would have installed his ways of knowing this before stepping down,” said one IT consultant.

“Bill Gates stepping down will not make a difference to the way the company is run,” said project and test manager Doug Lawson. The new leaders should focus on improving the quality of Microsoft products, he added.

“Microsoft is not a one-man band but a coalition of experts. I think the only damage will come if the new CEO decides on radical change, and I cannot see it happening,” said Jonathan Raynor, IT consultant at Drum Solutions.

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