"Microsoft has the luxury of being able to employ the cream of the crop..."
Ha! That's crazy! Gates was the senior "architect" for 25 years, look where that landed them. That said, Gates was clearly a better programmer than the Force-The-Updates-NOW! and Just-Make-It-Flat goon running the current undertaking (that and when Gates left they kinda went into a permanent down cycle, credit to Balmer there).
Microsoft is currently so dense that when they sneeze they shatter diamonds. They just can't help to break shit