The end of an era; a fresh beginning; good riddance -- whatever you think of Bill's final day at Microsoft, it's impossible to deny that his tenure there helped forever re-shape not just technology, but the world as we know it. So we're declaring June 27th Bill Gates Day here at Engadget and hopefully you'll forgive us for, like, totally tearing up now that he's finally stepping out of his role as nerd-baron and into the shoes of full-blown immortal philanthropist. Hey, it's Sir William Henry Gates III's world, we just live in it -- that means you, too, Steve.

We'll miss you big guy.

P.S. -Keep this on the DL, but we heard this rumor he's thinking of returning to uni for his post-post-post-doc, and it won't even be honorary. We'll keep you posted. In the mean time today, expect plenty more Bill.



All Day Coverage
Bill Gates: top ten greatest hits (and misses) -- the Microsoft years
Bill Gates wipes away tears at Microsoft farewell
The Bill Gates Engadgethology

Giveaways
The Bill Day giveaway (part 3) -- Zune 80GB (black)
The Bill Day giveaway (part 2) -- Office Ultimate 2007
The Bill Day giveaway (part 1) -- Toshiba Gigabeat T400

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