Stories by Heather Havenstein and Carol Sliwa

IT pros surprised by Gates' plans, see MS changing

After Bill Gates said last week that he will step away from a day-to-day role at the company over the next two years, users lauded his contributions to Microsoft and the IT industry. But many said they think the change could be positive for Microsoft as it manoeuvres to fend off competition from Google, Linux vendors and other emerging rivals.

Gates era starts to near finish at Microsoft

After Microsoft said last week that Bill Gates will step away from a day-to-day role at the company over the next two years, users lauded his contributions to Microsoft and the IT industry. But many said they think the change could be positive for Microsoft as it maneuvers to fend off competition from Google, Linux vendors and other emerging rivals.

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