I have just watched the Quest TV program "Browser Wars" (broadcast last Monday AFAIR but I had recorded it). Might still be available on the ITV Player. It was about the Netscape vs MS Internet Explorere rivalry in the 1990's. I already knew the story, but the program was interesting in showing interviews with some of the leading players.
It showed some video clips of Bill Gates. I never had a high opinion of Gates since reading his "Open Letter to Hobbyists", but I had never seen these clips before.
I was shocked. What comes over (to me at any rate) is what an obnoxious person he is. In a clip of him at a technical "discussion" he is having a tantrum like a spoiled 12-year old who has never known not getting his own way. One interviewed senior ex-MS guy commented that you would consider that a meeting went well with Gates if he called you an idiot less than 19 times. There was also an anecdote of him bragging socially that he had more power than Clinton, the then President.
While I don't particularly like Steve Balmer either, a salesman type who can get shouty, I feel that Balmer is a guy with whom you could have a drink at the bar. But not Gates, I'd walk away - he is poisonous.
Astonishingly for such a public figure, Gates obviously cannot think on his feet and is a very poor speaker; publically he speaks only what sound like set scripts. The programme showed video of his cross-examination at the 1998 MS monopoly trials. He was pathetic at responding to the questions, taking so long to answer some of them that I thought the recording had frozen. And it is obvious to anyone that he was lying. A company trainee could have handled it better. The presenter commented that Gates had never had to answer hard questions before in his life, and was in tears afterwards; again showing emotional immaturity despite being in his mid-40s at the time.
And in this failed presentation :-
.. while I do not blame him for the equipment failure, he is incapable of coping with the situation, and descends into awkward silence, making the host laugh. Someone in his position should have dealt with it with aplomb. You wonder how such a man could have got to such a position.