Is Bill Gates mulling a return to Microsoft throne?
One final belated repeat of a Jobs move maybe on cards
Bill Gates is mulling a return to Microsoft according to a well-placed source. The mole told Fortune that the tycoon may consider clasping the reins of the company he co-founded and replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO.
The remarks came from "a prominent chief executive", according to the site. Gates left Microsoft to focus on philanthropy in June 2008, though he is still the chairman of the board and the company's largest shareholder.
Right now, Gates is focused on nuclear power plants in China, but there are a couple of factors that could send him back to Redmond desk.
One would be the Microsoft stock value. Earlier this year, activist investor David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital likened Ballmer to a weight dragging down the company's share price. He said Ballmer was "stuck in the past" and called for him to step aside. Ballmer is not loved by Microsoft's less vocal investors either.
Another spur for Gates could be the desire to give Microsoft a new focus in a time of sharp change, especially as it pushes into the mobile space. Steve Jobs and Larry Page famously returned as CEOs after absences and pulled off marvellous recoveries. But despite Jobs' claim that Gates always copies him, it's not likely Gates will do something just because Steve did.
Microsoft told us that they do not comment on rumour and speculation. ®
No fan of Bill ..
.. but weren't Microsoft into phones, tablets, the 'cloud', IT domination etc etc etc years - and in the case of tablets and IT domination decades - ahead of Apple ..?
Kettle / Pot ..
> Ballmer terminated ...
If he is to remain in the top post he has to remove all threats from underneath that he can. This is the only reason that Ballmer has survived, there is no viable replacement in the ranks, he has made sure of that.
Of course these actions have hurt the company, this is the 'Peter Principle' at work, followed by entrenchment.
The only possible threat is from above. Replacement by Gates is the only thing left.
That would be an excellent decision Mr Gates
..considering the technological competence of Mr Chairthrower.
Ballmer terminated the head of developer tools & servers, despite this division making some of the best products of Microsoft.