If Not Bill Gates, Who Should Run Microsoft Next?

There’s only one guy in the world who should be running Microsoft right now. Everyone knows his name (rhymes with Gill Bates), and everyone knows why he’d be perfect. Microsoft’s problem isn’t that it doesn’t make money—it does, gobs of it, every quarter, like clockwork. (Microsoft’s latest earnings report, issued in July, was universally described as “disastrous” because the company made only $5 billion in profit.) Microsoft’s problem is not that it doesn’t make products that the world isn’t using widely. Windows 8, its latest operating system, has been selling at a rate of 10 million licenses a month. That’s not as good as some of its earlier versions of Windows, but it’s better than almost any other tech product in the world.


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