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

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.

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.

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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Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.