If only. The problem is that once institutional rot sets in, things only ever seem to go from bad to worse. What microsoft is today is not entirely Balmers creation and whatever elements (people) within it that could have led Microsoft to a better place have probably long since been removed or left. Pessimistically, I would assume that whomever is the new CEO will not be able or even willing to right this ship. Those who will pick the new CEO aren't apt to choose someone much different than they are.