If the rumors are true frankly Ballmer won't be able to quit because they can't get anybody to take the job!
All the rumor sites are saying that every CEO prospect have said first thing "I'll kill Metro" and when they find out Ballmer and Gates are still on the board and that isn't an option? they pass. Until they get Ballmer to accept that Windows 3....errr...windows 8 metro is a massive FAIL! that nobody wants? You can give it up Chuck.
The ONLY thing that gives me any hope at this point when it comes to MSFT is that Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Gates has just about convinced the board to go "old school" as in the way it was when we had Win9X and WinNT so you'll have "Metro" suck on consumer (although many on the board is supposedly pushing for a choice at starftup, as the rest blame metro for the nosedive and rightly so IMHO) and businesses (and gamers if its like the old days of 9X versus 2K) will get the "pro" version which will have good old Windows 7 UI complete with Aero. If they do this? Then they have a shot. If they continue to try to bitchslap us with a cellphone UI when the majority of PCs do not have and frankly NEVER will be touch UI? Stick a fork, short the stock, the corp is toast.
But if the rumor mills are true? Pop some popcorn as its about to be good, round 3 will be Billy Gates versus the Sweaty Monkey for the title, as Ballmer is fighting tooth and nail as he sees Metro as his "legacy"...yeah legacy of fail, but as long as he has ANY pull at Redmond he's not gonna let them dump metro. Meanwhile Billy finds Metro irritating (as do anybody that isn't grandma) and is getting tired of watching his company tank.Pop the popcorn, its gonna be good guys.