An anonymous reader writes: Will Bill Gates replace Eric Schmidt on Apple's board of directors? Andrew Keen seems to think so. In an article today, the author depicts a future in which Apple and Microsoft come together. He compares their historic rivalry to that of England and France, which were eventually brought together with the birth of a third superpower, Germany. The comparison may be far-fetched, but Keen insists Google's (Germany's) Android smartphone and Chrome Operating System will force Microsoft and Apple to form an alliance to survive. In fact, says Keen, Schmidt's departure from Apple's board was only the first step in a "major new realignment of great technology power relationships.