Top reasons not to let Bill Gates return to Microsoft even if he wants to

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Apparently Bill Gates is considering returning to Microsoft, at least according to Fortune.

He and his people have always denied it in the past.

There's no personal reason he should. He accomplished there all any ambitious entrepreneur could want to accomplish and went out on a high note.

Since then the note has gotten even higher. Gates spends his time at the Gates Foundation in an effort to do what Infoworld calls trying to end world hunger, eradicate polio and malaria, and raise the quality of education (though IW turns it into a reason to come back to Redmond by pointing out trying to deal with world hunger, polio and malaria all at once "is a total bummer.")

Coming back to Microsoft would mean cleaning up the mess created by a lot of smart, aggressive people with a limited ability to cooperate, limited ability to coordinate development or responses to fundamental changes in many markets, and no one at the wheel with any sense of long-term vision, direction or ability to set priorities among many competing opportunities and internal factions.

Malaria might be easier.

Redmond is near Seattle, so even malaria weather would be better.

Infoworld came up with 10 good reasons Gates should return to Microsoft.

Investors would need only one, but they might try repeating it three times to banish him. It worked to get rid of Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice, it might work on Microsoft's current CEO, the only living doppelganger of the late Peter Boyle.

Steve Ballmer.

Steve Ballmer.

Steve Ballmer.

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