The Tech Bet

Searching for a new Microsoft CEO

Searching for a new Microsoft CEO

Microsoft is seeking a replacement for Steve Ballmer, its retiring chief. Rumors are circling that Bill Gates could take back the reins, but some tech experts aren't so sure.

After devoting his time, energy and brain power to giving away his money through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he's not likely to return to an active role at Microsoft, said Lance Ulanoff, editor in chief of tech news site Mashable.

"He'll always have an influence, but I think he loves philanthropy too much," Ulanoff said. "Plus, he's supposed to be pretty much divested by 2018."