So criticize Ballmer all you want for Microsoft's woes. But Ballmer only did what Gates had done before him, and so Gates isn't the person who can guide Microsoft into a better future. Gates likely recognizes that. There's evidence that he was at least partially behind Ballmer's surprise resignation announcement. If he was, that means he recognizes that a new vision for the company is needed, not one as wedded to the past as Ballmer's was — and as Gates' has been as well.
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