Bill Gates to leave Microsoft

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for thumb_white.gifWell its not exactly news, but considering the fuss made about the initial announcement it is a bit surprising that he has not left yet. Believe it or not it is nearly the second anniversary since Microsoft made the momentous press release. I wonder who has the record for the longest departure gap in the world? Any ideas?

On another tack – What effect will the (eventual) departure of such an important force of nature such as Bill have on the organisation he leaves behind? Has the ‘long good-bye’ created a smooth transition or stalled new ideas and initiatives coming into effect?
Lastly, should his MS executive contemporaries move on as well? Would Microsoft benefit from a complete change at the top?
Your thoughts welcomed.