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Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft? 337

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theodp writes "After reading the recent call for Steve Ballmer to step down, gdgt's Ryan Block concludes that it's time for Bill Gates to come back to Microsoft. 'I've long seen it as a foregone conclusion that Ballmer isn't the guy to be running what was until quite recently the world's preeminent technology company,' writes Block. 'The more pressing question is: who should replace him? I think we all know damn well who — but I'm not so sure he's available. Yet.' Block adds: 'I'm not saying Bill's going to leave his new gig as the world's greatest living philanthropist with aplomb, but the multi-billion dollar wheels at The Gates Foundation have been set in motion — and lest we all forget, the Foundation's endowment is tied directly to Microsoft's long-term success. It may just happen that Bill can help the Foundation more by securing Microsoft's future.'"
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Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?

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  • Re:Not so sure (Score:4, Informative)

    by miffo.swe (547642) <daniel.hedblomNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 31, 2011 @08:38AM (#36295514) Homepage Journal

    Bing has about 8% in the US and about 3% worldwide according to statcounter and most other sources. 30% is a dream number bing hasnt even been close to. I have never ever heard of seodesignsolutions before but as their numbers are very different from the established players i call bullshit on their statistics until correlated from more respected sources.

    For all we know seodesignsolutions might just be a shell setup by Bing PHBs trying to get atleast one payment for good performance in their lifetime.

  • Re:Bill Gates (Score:5, Informative)

    by mwvdlee (775178) on Tuesday May 31, 2011 @09:50AM (#36296206) Homepage

    MicroSoft sold Basic to all the computer companies you name and pretty much all others. MS was already a pretty significant software company before they released MS-DOS, in fact they had released OS's before MS-DOS. MS didn't get lucky by picking the right company; they picked all companies, including the right one.

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