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Wider role tipped for Gates

There has been renewed speculation about the role Bill Gates (pictured) will play at Microsoft since Steve Ballmer announced he would step down as chief executive. Some employees report having seen more of Gates around the company's campus recently, leading to speculation that he might want to assume a bigger role and return the company to its past heights. He remains Microsoft's chairman and its largest individual shareholder. But it is a long shot that he will take on a day-to-day role.

There has been renewed speculation about the role Bill Gates (pictured) will play at Microsoft since Steve Ballmer announced he would step down as chief executive. Some employees report having seen more of Gates around the company's campus recently, leading to speculation that he might want to assume a bigger role and return the company to its past heights. He remains Microsoft's chairman and its largest individual shareholder. But it is a long shot that he will take on a day-to-day role.

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