Microsoft's Search for a CEO to Replace Ballmer Down to a Handful of Candidates

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Chad727

Save some money Microsoft. Train and chimp to wear a suit and he'll be better than the used car salesman has you had in there before.

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QUINTIX256

I'd vote Bates, barring him I'd vote in someone from Danger Hiptop.

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fung0

I'd vote for Norman Bates over any of these guys.

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yammerpickle2

Alan is a great executive, but MS needs a executive who can run the company and lead them with a vision of the technology of tomorrow that customers want. I don't think Alan has that.

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legionera

I would vote for Pie!

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Upyourbucket

Hey Microsoft, ill replace Ballmer as your CEO. What are the odds?

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Scatter

So a CEO of an auto manufacturer is being considered to lead the company that makes Windows, Video game console and other technologies that have absolutely nothing to do with automobiles? Awesome.

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Peanut Fox

The skill set needed isn't something attune with tech, but the larger scope of running a massive global company.

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fung0

It's a sign of the times that anyone could seriously contemplate hiring an eight-figure CEO who has absolutely no understanding of the company's products...

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Scatter

Understood but shouldn't the CEO of a corporation at least have some knowledge and experience of the products that his company sells?

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Peanut Fox

For a company like Microsoft I don't think it's important. The really talent in that area is going to come from the folks closer to those products. For example I don't think Steve Ballmer hat tons and tons of input for Microsoft's Xbox division or had a close relationship with what was going on with the Power Point portion of Office. These guys are much farther removed.

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Mikey109105

I thought that as well. I can't see how he can possibly be chosen, LOL!

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Neufeldt2002

I still think Elop was a plant at Nokia.

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Ghost XFX

Whomever it is, hopefully he won't be a total douche like Ballmer was, and has a good vision for computing for the next decade or so.

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Kamicrit

What's up with the math in this article? Five names are to be listed, only four are (Alan, Stephen, Tony, Satya), then the article claims a total of eight were listed.

"It's also being reported that there are at least three internal candidates, among them..."

"...That's a total of about 8 people compared to an initial list of about 40 names."

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Paul_Lilly

"According to Reuters and its 'sources familiar with the matter,' Microsoft's list of external candidates is now around five people."

"It's also being reported that there are at least three internal candidates."

5+3=8

To clarify further, not all the names of candidates being considered were identified by Reuters and its sources.

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Chad727

Looks like Paul is walking out of the arena with the belt this time folks!