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There are at least five external candidates and three internal candidates left

The search for Microsoft's next CEO seems to be moving right along as the list of potential candidates shrinks. 

According to a new report from Reuters, Microsoft has narrowed its list of potential CEOs down to about five external candidates, and is looking at at least three internal possibilities as well. 

The only known external candidates are Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Computer Sciences Corp. CEO Mike Lawrie. The names of the others could not be disclosed at this time.

As far as internal candidates go, former Skype CEO Tony Bates (who is now head of Microsoft's business development) and Satya Nadella (Microsoft's cloud and enterprise chief) are just a couple of potentials up for the part.

Microsoft started with a list of about 40 potential CEOs, so the list has dwindled considerably. However, it could take a few more months for the company to make a decision. 

A few of the candidates: Mulally (left), Elop (center) and Bates (right)

The hunt for a new CEO all started when current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his plan to retire back in August. More specifically, he said he'd retire sometime in the following 12 months. 

Even though Ballmer is a longtime employee at Microsoft (he joined the company on June 11, 1980 as the company's 30th employee and the first business manager hired by Microsoft Chairman and Co-Founder Bill Gates), the Board wants a new CEO to lead its latest restructuring plan, which will unify devices like Windows Phone, PC and Xbox One. Many believe Ballmer was pushed into retirement to allow someone new to turn the company around.

Ballmer gave an emotional goodbye in late September at his final Microsoft meeting in Seattle's KeyArena. About 13,000 Microsoft employees attended. 

Microsoft is still doing well in terms of finances, having beat Wall Street expectations last month when it comes to quarterly profit and revenue (it reported revenue of $18.53 billion and earnings per share of $0.62 compared to Wall Street's predictions of $17.8 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.54), but there are bigger problems that need to be addressed. For instance, market share for Windows smartphones and tablets lags far behind that of Apple and Android-powered mobile devices. Earlier this year, Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the value of unsold Surface tablets.

Beyond that, Microsoft's online and mobile computing efforts do not make money, and its Bing search engine and other online businesses have lost almost $3 billion in the last two years alone. It also had an Xbox One hiccup when it tried to establish used game restrictions and an always-on requirement. This was a big deal when competitor Sony revealed the PlayStation 4, which didn't have either feature and was also faster and cheaper. 

Source: Reuters

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Stephen Elopon the short list?
By michael67 on 11/6/13, Rating: 0
By SniperWulf on 11/6/2013 8:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you.


I bet you me made the list because he did exactly what they sent him to Nokia to do.

RE: Stephen Elopon the short list?
By Arsynic on 11/6/2013 8:55:38 AM , Rating: 5
He didn't fail at Nokia. He stopped the bleeding and now they're profitable again. You really need to research your "facts" before you state them.

By YearOfTheDingo on 11/6/2013 9:22:23 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia's cash pile is going to hit record level after the deal with Microsoft closes. The company has already set its sight on some big acquisition opportunities.

By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2013 5:15:46 PM , Rating: 2

That's pretty damn revisionist! So if Blackberry sold their device division today, we would praise the leadership of the man who sat and watch them go from world leader to world joke?

He absolutely failed Nokia. I don't know how you can view it any other way.

RE: Stephen Elopon the short list?
By YearOfTheDingo on 11/6/2013 9:02:30 AM , Rating: 4
Elop's tenure at Nokia will probably be studied in business school in years to come as an example of successful corporate turnarounds. The pace of Nokia's transformation is really pretty amazing. Three years ago, it was basically a mobile phone maker. It has now become mainly a back-end telecom equipment maker and mapping specialist.

In many ways, Nokia's turnaround calls to mind what occurred at IBM back in the early 90's. One of the challenges faced by Gerstner then was convincing his colleagues that they were beaten. OS/2 wasn't going anywhere, even though it was far superior technologically to Windows. PS/2 couldn't compete with much cheaper clones. To continue a losing battle would mean the death of the company. The wise choice is to look for business opportunities elsewhere.

RE: Stephen Elopon the short list?
By Lord 666 on 11/6/2013 9:59:30 AM , Rating: 2
And studied in Law School for conflict of interest policies. He clearly was operating on Microsoft's behalf, not Nokia's.

RE: Stephen Elopon the short list?
By Mint on 11/6/2013 11:43:14 AM , Rating: 2
If Microsoft wanted to get Nokia on the cheap, they'd keep Elop from them and let them continue with their previous CEO's plan of Meego/Maemo.

There's nothing clear about it except from conspiracy theorists like yourself. Everyone at Nokia was on board with the WP decision, from the board to those at R&D. Nokia didn't have the resources or leverage to promote a new platform from scratch and have any chance against iOS or Android.

Adopting Android and starting from zero market share would leave them fighting for scraps as well. HTC was an Android leader, had better smartphones than Nokia, and had a higher market cap, yet is now in the gutter. Sony had a great early Android share, gets a huge sales boost from Japanese nationalism, and yet is still barely outpacing Nokia's WP sales.

Finally, MS paid Nokia $250M per quarter to use WP. No alternative strategy would give them that kind of money.

By YearOfTheDingo on 11/6/2013 12:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Who was working for Nokia's behalf at Microsoft, that's what I want to know. The market was valuing Nokia's device division at negative one billion dollars. It was a millstone around the company's neck. Somehow they got Microsoft to give them $5 billion for it. If Microsoft were looking for a bargain, they could have gotten BlackBerry's hardware business for essentially nothing.

By koenshaku on 11/6/2013 10:59:43 AM , Rating: 2
He actually turned a company around that all analyst predicted to go bankrupt suffering from massive launches year on year. What he did at Nokia was pretty amazing not only did he keep his promise by tripling stock prices at the end, but he kept the Company afloat where if they had chosen android a market completely dominated by samsung and those left to pick up the scraps would have have likely have been the demise of the company. Samsung does much to maintain its dominance in that space and it is no way mobile carriers would have been excited to put another android device on their shelves and market it while Samsung has an infinite marketing budget to do so. Elop's performance there was brilliant at Nokia and I hope he is selected as CEO MS it would do them well.

By Iketh on 11/6/2013 8:25:45 AM , Rating: 2
Going off appearance alone, mulally looks like a crook to me...

RE: appearance
By sorry dog on 11/6/2013 9:31:02 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but I can't pick a winner in the who looks like a crook game.... they all appear crooked.

RE: appearance
By augiem on 11/6/2013 2:05:54 PM , Rating: 3
They're all crooks or they wouldn't have gotten as high on the food chain as they are.

RE: appearance
By Captain Awesome on 11/6/2013 10:42:41 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, and Elop looks like a super intelligent villainous sidekick.

Let the Downrating commence
By inperfectdarkness on 11/6/13, Rating: 0
RE: Let the Downrating commence
By StevoLincolnite on 11/6/2013 6:12:37 AM , Rating: 2
Removing the DRM also removed some extra features like sharing of digital games, so it was a double edged sword.

The big take from it all is that, people really wanted more of the same, just faster hardware.

Still, if people really are worried about technical specifications, graphics and resolutions, why are they even bothering with a console at all? It baffles me.
Heck, PC gaming is cheaper over the long term thanks to cheaper games and free online access and you get better graphics.

By Captain Awesome on 11/6/2013 10:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
The biggest advantage of console gaming is you can play games published by EA without having to install Origin.

RE: Let the Downrating commence
By Flunk on 11/6/2013 8:09:22 AM , Rating: 2
That's a interesting analysis, with the exception of the idea that graphics are purely limited by resolution. Yes, everyone has 1080p support, but that doesn't mean the graphics will all look the same. The Wii U is an entire generation behind in compute power and there is also a small performance delta between the ps3 and Xbox One.

Your argument that resolution support is all that matters is akin to saying that PC gamers should be ok with 7 year old tech as long as they've playing in 1080p, no need to upgrade.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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