Microsoft

Gates' Favorite Geek Walks Out the Door

After 13 years on the job, 39-year-old Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft's charismatic, multimillionaire chief technology officer and the third most important guy in Redmond, will announce this week his plans to take a sabbatical of undetermined length from his post as head of Microsoft's $3 billion research department. An internal Microsoft memo said there are no plans to replace him.

Rumors in Silicon Valley and inside Microsoft abound that the sabbatical is the presentable public face that has been put on a very private ousting orchestrated by Microsoft's president, Steve Ballmer. According to one source, Myhrvold, once hailed as Bill Gates' favorite...

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