While some people will not mourn the departure of Microsoft's Chief Software Architect and founder, Gates' departure is not completely shrouded in controversy. The software visionary has managed to deflect some long standing vitriol through his increased charitable giving.
In fact, most of the news stories regarding Gates' decision to step back from his day to day leadership role seem to direct most of the attention to his philanthropy. In that respect, Gates seems to getting a bit of the Carnegie treatment; by proclaiming that he will give away most of his wealth during his lifetime Gates has won some favor with the public and past detractors. Forbes interview with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.