True or false poll: Bill Gates still runs Microsoft?

This week's Windows Blog poll question is a bit tricky: Who is really running the day-to-day operations at the Microsoft Corporation?

When you manage the Microsoft Windows Blog on TechRepublic, you have to expect a certain number of inane commentaries deriding the "evil empire" of Microsoft and the profit-driven corporate executives who run it. You know, the people who insist on using M$ like it is a clever wordplay twist rather than an uninspired cliché.

But something struck me this past week that is even stranger than the over-the-top anticapitalistic rhetoric.

There seems to be an extraordinary number of people who continue to use Bill Gates as the personification of "all that is wrong with Microsoft." I began to wonder if these people actually realize that Bill Gates does not run Microsoft anymore.

Bill Gates is Chairman, which, by definition, means he does not take part in the day-to-day operations of the company. Steve Ballmer is the Chief Executive Office, and he is the one responsible for the way Microsoft operates. If there has to be an individual deemed to be the "personification of the evil company," it should be Steve Ballmer.

However, we still get posts in the Windows Blog forums referring to Bill Gates and his desire to dominate the world, blah, blah, blah. So the question is, who do you think is really running Microsoft? Is it still Bill Gates?

As aside, I also wonder if the "Bill Gates is evil crowd" realizes the good work the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing?