Is Bill Gates' Return Good for Microsoft and Good for You?

Bill Gates welcomes Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO

The big news in tech yesterday was Microsoft naming Satya Nadella as its new CEO. Along with that was also the reveal that Bill Gates will be stepping down as chairman and taking on a new, more active role at Microsoft as Technology Advisor.

Bill Gates will be more involved in the direction of Microsoft, which in itself is just as interesting as the new leadership from Nadella. Gates said that it was Nadella who requested that he step up to assume a greater role. That could be Nadella's first major decision as the new Microsoft CEO, but was it a good call?

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Gates is one of the founders of Microsoft, and his new role is focused on next-generation products. This could be exactly what Microsoft needs to bring back innovation. One could argue that this is the most vital thing Microsoft needs, and Gates should actually take the reigns on steering the entire company in the direction of making innovative products. Of course, two heads are often better than one, so Gates looking after products while Nadella focuses on the new frontiers in cloud and mobile could be the one-two punch to success.

Satya Nadella addresses Microsoft employees

On the other hand, Gates has been out of the business for a long time, and much has changed in the 14 years since he was Microsoft's CEO. Maybe what Microsoft really needs is a fresh start; Satya Nadella's engineering background and business experience could be the right mix. Someone with a bold agenda doesn't need the old guard looking over his shoulder.

Furthermore, Gates has moved on to what many would say are bigger and better things. His work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is making the world a better place. While better technology can also improve lives, the Foundation is having a direct positive impact where many people need help today.

Bill Gates at Microsoft's Meet the CEO event

What do you think of Bill Gates' return to Microsoft? Will he bring glory, or will he be a distraction? Vote in our poll and also sound off in the comments below!

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  • Wow, even in death, he can't help himself from trying to be like Steve and trying to pull off some osrt of miracle corporate comeback. I mean what gives? Did he run out of children who need help in Africa? I don't get it. Also, Gates is either sadly out of touch with the real world, or simply an intentional liar. He had the nerve to testify before congress that the United States does not have enough qualified technical professionals and therefore we must increase our H1B VISA quotas.This is not even remotely believable. We have plenty of skilled talent sitting unemployed. Perhaps if he located his offices closer to civilization his company would have an easier time recruiting.How can someone so delusional and/or dishonest about reality, turn around a decaying corpse of a company? Aside from X-Box, what innovations have they produced in recent times? Microsoft's days are numbered, Bill or no Bill.
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  • I hope its not more of the same which lead us to the horrible products like Windows 8 and Office 2013, and Office 365.
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  • Office 2013 is great, well for Microsoft Project 2013 i mean. The new Reports feature is better than the previous and bring it to almost the same level as P6. Windows 8 is a killer, its performance is. The only failure is their Live Tile and Metro UI, for most people that is. For me, I'm fine with that.
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