Like little stars.
Bill Gates and Microsoft go together like apple and pie, and have done so since the young Gates cofounded the company in 1974 with Paul Allen (a man that Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has called a patent troll). While Allen long ago disconnected from Microsoft, Gates has remained in the company even after stepping down as CEO in January 2000 in favor of Steve Ballmer. Though now chairman, his control is still said to pervade many decisions at the company. But fresh reports say that three of the top 20 investors in the firm, together controlling about 5% of the stock, are pressing the board to get Gates to step down.
There’s no indication that the board or Gates will listen to this request, especially since Gates himself is the biggest single investor with about 4.5% of the stock in his hands. The investors are said to be concerned that Gates is still exerting power, especially given the failure of MS’s reactions to Apple in the form of the Zune, the Surface tablets, and the not–so–successful Windows Phone OS. The company is in an interesting position after the resignation of Steve Ballmer in the middle of a dramatic reorganization with no clearly identified successor being identified.
Gates was recently in the news for suggesting that MS’s adoption of the famous “Control–Alt–Delete” key combination, now associated with many a joke at MS’s expense, was a mistake. Back in February this year he called for MS to innovate more, which is a controversial demand if his control really does still extend as deeply into the company as suspected.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.