What are the Odds Bill Gates Returns to Microsoft as CEO?

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AndreRio

Do you guys think Bill would change windows 8?

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Carlidan

I think you're in denial. Just because you believe his story doesn't mean everyone does.

Except from wikipedia:
Considered one of best known real estate entrepreneurs in the United States, Trump is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy New York City real-estate developer.[8] He worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company.[9] He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.

Doesn't look like daddy was a "slum" lord as you put it.

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yammerpickle2

Why not Zoidberg? Seriously, MS can't seem to figure out what's next and instead poorly emulates Apple. Bill might still have some future vision he can apply to jump start them and get them going for the next couple of years, until they can find a longer term replacement. If Bill fails to come back and provide vision they may just stumble about chasing a series of CEO's around like some other failing tech companies.

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jedisamurai

Clippy for CEO!!!

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Axel011

I think it would be the smart choice, but it is Bill Gate's choice. and what is smart for Microsoft might not be smart for him. Whoever becomes the next CEO I really hope they can fix a lot of the issues with the company.

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SpeedVX

I there's a slight error in the story. In his second stint at Apple, Jobs served far longer than 36 months. If memory serves he was there from something like '96 or '97 till he left in 2011.

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Random

I'll be CEO of Microsoft. Where do I send my resumé?

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AFDozerman

I don't think he would want to. Microsoft is a completely different animal these days, and so is the tech industry.

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wolfing

Maybe they should make Microsoft Bob the CEO.

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jgottberg

I don't know that MS needs a visionary as much as they need someone to reign in all the service offerings MS has, standardize them and let the dust settle. They have been so wishy-washy with even email. One minute, it's Hotmail. Then it's Live. Now it's Outlook.com... I can't keep up.

Let's not even get into their corporate licensing model and how confusing that is to figure out.

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super_legit

Steve Jobs was CEO of Apple for 36 months???

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brutus90

I think the person that needs to be driving the bus is someone that can see what things could be and to make them happen. Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates came from the same era where computers evolved into what they are today, and I think we need more of that today. We all saw how Apple changed once Jobs got back to the helm, and I think Gates could do wonders for MS - provided that he still sees things that don't exist and could exist.

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TommM

Won't happen. He already acts in an advisory capacity anyway. But he's moved on from MS.

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aussie82

I think you mean Chief Executive Officer. On the first line you have "needs a new Chief Operating Officer (CEO)"

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John Pombrio

Zero. Bill has a mission in life now that has nothing to do with business. It has everything to do with the welfare of the world's poor. There is no going back when millions of people's lives and well being are at stake.

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nHeroGo

Good point and well said. Gates has sorted out his priorities and don't seem to miss the madness. Speaking of madness, has anyone given The Donald Trump a call, or is he busy running for Prez?

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fygquas

Donald Trump is only doing all those crazy things as attention whoring. He likes to think of himself as a self-promotion genius. He might release a sex tape in the future, just don't bet on it.

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The Mac

And yet hes got more money than god, his name is on every other product, and hes got a nationally syndicated TV show for over 7 years and counting...

He seems to be doing something correctly as a self-promotion genious...

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Carlidan

Most of his money came from his daddy. He's entrepreneur skills are average at best. People should not forget that he has filed bankruptcy a couple of times. What he has are really good financial advisors taking care of him. He's show is kinda of stupid. Don't know why people still watch it.

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The Mac

his "daddy" was a slum lord...

i think hes doing a bit better..

I watch his shows.

Ive read all his books.

he is a marketing juggernaut.

if you think otherwise, you are in denial...

The reality is, he appeals to a super broad audience...

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Carlidan

I think you're in denial. Just because you believe his story doesn't mean everyone does.

Except from wikipedia:
Considered one of best known real estate entrepreneurs in the United States, Trump is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy New York City real-estate developer.[8] He worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company.[9] He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.

Doesn't look like daddy was a "slum" lord as you put it.

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The Mac

oh he was.

self-admittedly.

Read trumps 1st book, hes got a whole chapter on it.

I am not saying he wasnt wealthy, just not a nice person.

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Carlidan

Which trump you're talking about. Son or dad? If you're saying Donald trump. Maybe he has a grudge against his dad and said bad things. Because I'm searching everywhere for you accustaions and I don't see anything about him being a "slum" lord. What I've read is that Donald got most of his dad fortune when he died and that he worked at his dad's firm. Because there is no evidence to you're accussation he was.

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The Mac

I suppose thats possible, although not very probable.

According to his book, all his dad's properties were "low rent" in Brooklyn and he used to go door to door and collect for him. He implied there was more than a few threats involved.

Im using slum lord loosly here, i suppose low-rent may be more appropriate.

Slum lord implies he took avantage of people by never fixing anything and i dont think that was the case.

The point i was trying to make was that he is a "luxury" guy in contrast to his dad and his marketing/branding is second to none.

I used to play the Trump board game way back in the 80s with my sister, and that kinda stuff is still around.

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Carlidan

Well I'm pretty sure Donald has some low rent properties in his profolio. It's a reliable source of income.

Well my point was Donald is an average entrepreneur at best. That doesn't mean he doesn't know what he's doing or is an idiot. He's just not that good as you think he is. He just a really good people working for him, has connections in his buisness field, and has a good start in his business from his dad. That's all I was saying.

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The Mac

Thats resonable, but i have to disagree with the "Average Entrepreneur" comment.

The guy has had a dozen tv shows, owns major real estate in every major city in the US, Casinos, airlines (back in the 80s), clothing lines, etc...

Not exactly "average"