10 Things Bill Gates Would Change If He Came Back to Microsoft

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    Don Reisinger

Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 has been a downright nightmare for Microsoft so far. The operating system hasn't been appealing to consumers, and there have been issues with the update process. If Bill Gates came back to Microsoft, he'd work closely with the mobile division to address those issues. If Gates is known for anything, it's leaning on employees to get things done the right way.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates is arguably the most influential and forward-thinking software mind in the technology industry. From the very beginning, his ideas shaped the world, and now millions around the globe are using the products that he helped develop. To say that his contribution is huge might be a bit of an understatement. But after leading Microsoft since the beginning, Gates stepped down from his post as CEO in 2000, and officially ended his day-to-day activities with the company a few years ago. Since then, long-time Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been left to manage the company on his own. And depending on who one talks to, Ballmer has done either a fine job or a less-than-ideal job. Exactly what Bill Gates believes about Ballmer's job as the head of Microsoft is unknown. But for the purposes of this slideshow, let's assume that Gates wasn't happy and he decided to step back in at Microsoft as its CEO. It's not unprecedented. Apple founder Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO and turned the company around. What would Bill Gates do to fix things at Microsoft? And how quickly would it take for Microsoft to become a Gates company once again? Here's a look at what Bill Gates would change.
This article was originally published on 2011-05-26
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.