The end of an era for the world's largest software company is approaching: Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said on June 15 that he will transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Education leaders who spoke with eSchool News said Microsoft's loss could be education's gain, as Gates focuses more personal attention on school reform and other funding initiatives.

Gates said he would continue as Microsoft's chairman after transferring his duties over a two-year period.

"This was a hard decision for


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