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Decision is to come by the end of 2013, according to sources
In late August, faced with the
worst sales drop on PC history
triggered in part due to the
?) Windows 8, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
yielded to critics
, agreeing to
step down "within a year"
. Now it appears that Microsoft's employees and partners may not have to wait that long to find out the face of that leadership change.
, which cites unnamed sources close to Microsoft's board, the selection committee -- which includes top shareholder, company cofounder, former CEO, and
embattled current chairman Bill Gates
-- is moving aggressively to screen candidates and complete the selection process by the end of 2013.
Mr. Gates is reportedly tapping Charles Giancarlo, a managing director at Silver Lake -- a private-equity firm (the less liquid sibling of the hedge fund) -- to help with selection process. Mr. Gates has close ties to Silver Lake, as
one of their former top investors
. Mr. Giancarlo was a former chief executive at Cisco Systems Inc. (
), helping to steer its growth.
This will only be Microsoft third CEO; the previous two were Steve Ballmer and the original founder and CEO Bill Gates.
Candidates for the CEO spot reportedly include:
Ford CEO Alan Mulally
Current Ford Motor Comp. (
[Image Source: Reuters]
Current Microsoft Devices EVP
Former Skype CEO
Current Microsoft Business Development & Evangelism EVP
Former Microsoft Platforms Strategy and Developer Group EVP
The #3 spot at Microsoft in the 90s
Former VMWare, Inc. (
Current GoPivotal CEO
A cloud computer venture backed by VMWare and EMC Corp. (
Current eBay, Inc. (
's sources indicated that Microsoft's selection panel only wants to reach a conclusive decision by the year's end. It may still take longer for the new CEO to arrive, depending on whom they pick.
If Microsoft picks Mr. Donahoe or Mr. Mulally, it will have to work with their current employer to negotiate when the pick will leave their current company. A Ford spokesman commented, "Alan continues to focus on executing the One Ford plan, and we don’t engage in speculation."
Microsoft refused to comment on the
Microsoft's new CEO must fix Windows 8 -- or its image, at least. [Image Source: WindowsForum.eu]
Whoever does become CEO of Microsoft has their work cut out for them. They must continue the
executive leadership team revamp
, they must restore the reputation of Windows
and future upgrades; they must
drive the Xbox One
to beat a tough competitor, the Sony Corp. (
; they must guide
Microsoft Office's transition to being a cloud service
; they must find a way to turn around
the struggling Surface
Windows on ARM efforts
; and they must find a way to integrate the
recently acquired Nokia device division
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I want someone who will fix Windows 8. It's not hard.
10/12/2013 4:46:51 PM
Get rid of the start screen and put all the live tiles on the desktop as icon replacements. Lives Tiles > Icons.
Unify the Control Panels, but present them in two different UI's depending on Computer type/present state.
Put back in the full start menu. Optimize it for the computer type, so its standard desktop, larger side menu touch...
There is a lot of good in Windows 8, just one massive fail in the start screen.
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