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Microsoft can't find enough people to hire, which is limiting the pace of its development, Chairman Bill Gates said yesterday. Gates said that when he reviews projects under development at Microsoft, the talk always turns to whether enough people are hired to do the work. The reality is troubling. Although there are numerous software developers who lost jobs after the dot-com bubble burst, Microsoft prefers to hire new college graduates.
Maybe Mr. Gates should consider a search for programmers at smaller campuses or consider satellite campuses for Microsoft. There are people out there who for one reason or another would be willing to work for Microsoft, but don't want to live in Redmond or the Pacific Northwest. Opportunity is a big factor. Maybe Mr. Gates could endow some programs. I personally know of one person who would love to get formal training in programming, but doesn't have the money to attend school. Also, not every potential employee should have to be in a specific age group. Ageism seems to be a real problem in the tech sector. Oh, well you can't throw money at every problem.