Microsoft announced today that Bill Gates -- who's been steering the Microsoft ship for over 30 years -- will be transitioning out of Microsoft, beginning with leaving his day-to-day duties behind to concentrate on playing more Xbox his charitable foundation. Sure, Bill just went to his first E3, and he doesn't have a constant presence in Microsoft's relatively detached Xbox division, but we do know he fields at least five to ten e-mails a week on their gaming plans. I mean, that's gotta count for something.

While we're not sure if Sir Bill is a Joystiq reader (yeah, yeah, yeah, we know he reads Engadget), we'd like to think he stops by every once in a while. Maybe he even flames us in the comments (is that you Bill-ionaire360?). Now that he won't be burdened by the drudgery of the day-to-day, maybe he'll kill some time kicking it at Xbox HQ, or rocking Halo 3 at Bungie's new digs. No? Alright, we'll settle for just reading Joystiq daily. See you on XBL, Bill!

[Via Engadget]

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