There is rumour that Bill Gates is considering a return to CEO of M$. Many expect he will give new life to M$ but there’s nothing M$ can do to adapt to changes. M$ has a huge installed base. If M$ changes their current customers will hate them for it. If they don’t change, they lose out on future customers. Changing the captain won’t save the ship at this stage.
There is no new product that will give M$ monopoly in smart thingies or small cheap computers. The “ultrabook” was the last stab at that and they didn’t sell. Android and iOS dominate the mobile space and the world doesn’t need that other OS any longer. LibreOffice is $free, FREE and thriving. The best M$ can do is slow the sinking, not stop it.
The one thing Bill can do better than Steve is cheat but the world won’t let that happen again. Bill has sold his shares. He should retire for good. If philanthopy and nuclear power don’t work out, there’s always gardening. OEMs are not stupid. They can see that OEMs shipping Android/Linux are not losing their shirts. OEMs shipping Wintel are losing their shirts or cannot afford to patch them. HP’s net revenue from personal systems was 5.9% of revenue. What kind of partnership is it when M$ makes a ten times larger margin? OEMs can make their own conclusions about the value of “partnership” with M$. There’s nothing Bill can do to strengthen that partnership except give OEMs more revenue. Fat chance. Chances of M$’s recovery with Bill Gates at the helm? No chance.