As Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates prepares to leave the company he has been associated with for the last three decades, school leaders are reflecting on the enormous impact he has had on both education and technology.

Gates' legacy in educational technology no doubt will be influenced by people's opinions of Microsoft itself. While there is no arguing that Gates helped bring computing to the masses and set the standard for office productivity software, his critics would say that Microsoft overcharged millions of customers and engaged in monopolistic business practices in order to crush competitors--helping Gates amass one of the


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