Probably doesn't mean anything in the short term, but interesting nonetheless.
Newsvine is by far the Web site I visit the most, and I fear this transaction will be the death of intelligent conversation there. The administrators of the site have set up a great system, but I think the exposure the site is about to get will cause a growth so rapid that it can't be contained. I hope I'm wrong. I'm interested to see where this goes.
Straight from MS itself... (microsoft.com) Bill will remain as Chairman, so I fully expect him to remain as much 'the main face of Microsoft' as he is now. He just won't have as much to do with R&D and software development.