Toward the end of his era as a full-time Microsoft executive, Bill Gates would often spend a week or so visiting and speaking at college campuses across the country, talking about his vision for the future of technology and trying to keep the Redmond company at the forefront of college students' minds.
In his absence, that role has been assumed by Craig Mundie, the company's chief research and strategy officer. But like an aging rock star who can't resist the allure of the road, Gates announced last night that he'll be back at it next week -- visiting UC Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and MIT.
You can almost hear the students now: Bill Gates? He's still touring?
This time around, Gates will be conducting the college tour not for Microsoft but for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and speaking not just about technology but about the broader issues facing the globe.