I've been hoping Microsoft would do this for years. I always assumed it would never happen, because... Well, I don't know. Why do companies where all of the senior people have read "The Innovator's Dilemma" still suck? Whatever the reason is for that.
You would think with Bill Gates being the most influential philanthropist in the world that it would have been done by now. One huge way to help the world is to encourage intellectual/technological growth. Maybe this actually was partly brought on by his inquiry, anyone know more details about the root of this advent at Microsoft?
I think he has more interesting things to spend his money on than 'more of the same' out of Microsoft. Also, it would likely be a bit demoralizing to create the world's largest, most successful software company and then finally have to admit that 'no, we can't do it all on our own.'
I suppose but I would think that he would know mavericks like himself would never agree to work for a corporation under someone else, they would rather freelance until they can conquer that corp, sell to that corp, or create a new market. But maybe he's just supposing there's not another Gates out there? ;)