|Almost back in the saddle again|
Then there was the Xbox One, which was going down like the Titanic until Microsoft started caving in. This was really a WTF moment in history. They forgot that the Xbox was designed for video games. What Microsoft did, in fact, was drop a shit bomb on gamers and try to turn the Xbox into a "Media Center." They did this because they made too many assumptions about the Kinect. You see, they sold a shit load, and as a result some jelly brain at Microsoft thought just about every family room in America had a Kinect attached to an Xbox. What this jelly brain didn't realize was that he was, in actuality, having a brain fart. You see, a lot of those Kinects they sold were in kid's bedrooms. I'm not a kid and I bought one, not so I could do the Zumba, but rather to yell commands while playing Skyrim and Mass Effect 3. The issues kept rolling out and Microsoft started backpedaling because they had no other choice and that made them look dumb as bricks.
I think Bill Gates is coming back, even in a limited capacity, because in 2013 Microsoft failed in a big way. They failed to understand the needs of their customer base, and not just their needs, often their basic requirements. To be a successful corporation in today's world you need to fulfill your customer's expectations. You need to keep your base happy, because they will turn on you in the blink of an eye and the whole world will know how much they disapprove.