Take one last look at the Microsoft board because it could soon be experiencing big changes.
Reports suggest that Bill Gates could step down as chairman. The move would be huge as there are few people more closely aligned with a company than Gates is with the behemoth he co-founded.
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Tech news site Re/code reports that the move is predicated on Gates getting more involved at the company. Satya Nadella, who is reportedly the top choice to be the next CEO, has asked Gates to help address technology and product problems at the software giant.
If he steps down as chairman, Gates could remain a first-among-equals director. Analysts say Gates would likely feel more comfortable giving up the role as chairman if Nadella is named CEO. The two men are both technologists with deep backgrounds in computer science.
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"With Satya Nadella heading Microsoft, Gates feels like he's leaving the house in good hands, " said FBR Capital Markets' Dan Ives. "I think you could give away the keys at this point knowing there is a core Redmond insider taking over, and it is obviously someone that has his blessing."