At least, that is how Gates' successors want to play it.
The 'transition', as it is called inside the company, was announced two years ago.
On the face of it, the only difference after 27 June will be that Gates will be non-executive chairman rather than executive chairman, spending just one day a week on Microsoft business.
The new leaders, none much younger than Gates himself, mix warm tributes to their founder with reassurances that all will be fine without him. More>>