Microsoft had barely clicked "publish" on the news of its chief executive Steve Ballmer's plans to retire before the rumour mill started up, pumping out a range of potential candidates to fill the void.
Ballmer has been at the software giant since becoming its 30th employee in 1980, having met founder Bill Gates at Harvard University, but said in the summer that he planned to stand down within a year.
He has been criticised widely for missing the boat on mobile and admitted himself that he was too busy focusing on Vista to invest in tablets and phones.
After the firm snapped up Nokia's handset business, its boss and outside bet Stephen Elop was catapulted to the top of the list of those reported by the Wall Street Journal to be in the running to take over as CEO, along with Ford boss Alan Mulally and Skype chief Tony Bates - none of whom our poll respondents were overly keen on.
The final name linked with the role is Microsoft's cloud and enterprise boss Satya Nadella, who 12 per cent of our readers thought would be a good bet.
But no doubt driven by a nostalgia for Microsoft's golden era, a whopping 62 per cent of you support the unlikely scenario of Gates returning to the helm of the firm he co-founded in 1975.
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