The former Microsoft boss Bill Gates is considering making a comeback to Microsoft, according to Fortune. This would mean that the current Microsoft boss, Steve Ballmer, will have to give up the throne to make room for Gates. This information has been leaked from one of Fortune’s sources, who claim to have firsthand knowledge.

Should Bill Gates make a comeback, he would not be the first in the industry to do so. Steve Jobs‘s history is probably the most known, when he took control of Apple during its darkest times, and lifted it up to be the most valuable company in the world.

Steve Jobs often complained that Bill Gates copied his successes, but in this case it would hardly have been because Jobs did it first, but because Gates has to do something with Microsoft. Even if Windows 8 is just around the corner, the company has suffered heavy criticism from their investors recently.

Earlier this year, investor David Einhorn from Greenlight Capital, gave very little praise to the management of Microsoft and he compared Steve Ballmer with a heavy weight that pulled the price of the company’s share down.

Last year, Bill Gates said that his charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was his current job, and did not mention anything about a possible comeback to Microsoft.

Since Steve Ballmer took over as Microsoft boss in 2000, the company has seen a drastic decline in share value. In 1999, a Microsoft share was worth almost $60, but declined to $50 when Ballmer replaced Gates. After that, it went quickly downhill and the company’s shares was worth $25 for a long time. In 2007, they climbed as far up as $35 dollars, but fell to below $20 during the financial crisis in 2008.

During the same time, other companies have seen a tremendous growth, and companys like Google and Apple have become much more popular. If Windows 8, Windows Phone 7.5, and their commitment to tablets in 2012 can reverse the trend of Microsoft, or if a change of leadership is also needed, remains to be seen.