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Ford CEO Alan Mulally is seemingly out of the running

A new Reuters report said that internal candidates are likely at the front of the search for Microsoft's next CEO now that Ford's CEO claimed he has no intention of leaving the automaker this year.
 
The Reuters article said that Microsoft is down to a "handful" of candidates now, including Satya Nadella, Microsoft's executive vice president of the Cloud & Enterprise group; Tony Bates, executive vice president of Business Development and Evangelism at Microsoft, and Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO.
 
There's still no confirmation as to which candidate is the winner, but but that answer is expected around the last week of January or sometime in February. 
 
Ford CEO Alan Mulally told the Associated Press earlier this week that he's staying with Ford through the end of this year, and isn't ditching in favor of Microsoft anytime in 2014. This is the first time Mulally gave a clear answer about the Microsoft topic himself. Before this, he pretty much gave vague answers like, "I love serving Ford."


[SOURCE: amusingplanet.com]

Mulally was reportedly tired of being asked about Microsoft at each interview, and despite other Ford executives and spokespeople saying that Mulally was staying through the end of the year, many were waiting for a clear, public answer from Mulally himself (even though he briefly mentioned at a holiday party last month that there was no change in the plan for him to stay through 2014). 
 
There are a lot of reasons why Mulally was seen as a strong candidate for Microsoft's next CEO. For starters, he successfully helped Ford return to profitability after becoming CEO in 2006 when the No. 2 automaker had struggled during the late-2000s recession. It was also the only American major car manufacturer to avoid a bailout fund from the government.
 
Analysts were disappointed that Mulally was out of the running for Microsoft's next CEO, since he's more likely to challenge Microsoft's board and lead a turnaround rather than internal candidates. 
 
Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in August 2013 that he planned to retire sometime over the next year. The company is currently undergoing a major restructuring plan that will unify devices like Windows Phone, PC and Xbox One.

Source: Reuters



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Well, they are doomed.
By danjw1 on 1/9/2014 3:39:56 PM , Rating: 2
They needed someone from outside to come in and shake things up. The problems at Microsoft are institutional and they need someone from the outside to shake things up if they have any hope of cleaning up the mess Ballmer left them.




RE: Well, they are doomed.
By themaster08 on 1/9/2014 3:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure, both Satya Nadella and Tony Bates are good candidates in my opinion.

Nadella clearly understands the future of cloud computing and is a tech at heart, while Bates is doing a good job beginning to tidy the mess left by Sinofsky and his cronies.

Either way, the CEO will be at the mercy of the board, which consists of Gates, and also Ballmer even after he steps down amongst others, so what difference does it make whether the candidate is internal or external?


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By danjw1 on 1/9/2014 4:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Because they need someone who understands that they need to throw old habits out the door. They need to completely new take on their mobile OS. They need to break some older apps and update their APIs to modernize and improve the performance of Windows.

From what I have read about them, engineers don't want anyone touching 'their code'. No one wants to do the regression testing that comes from changing APIs. They have a cultural problem, and it is unlikely an insider is going to do what it takes to fix it.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Labotomizer on 1/9/2014 5:24:50 PM , Rating: 1
Yes... Getting rid of something like the start menu damn near caused a revolt. Breaking some apps in the name of security for Vista made it the "worst MS OS ever" according to many. But sure, let's completely redo the OS and break all existing APIs and applications. That will fix all of Microsoft's problems...

Give me a break.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By arazok on 1/9/2014 5:47:48 PM , Rating: 1
Whats wrong with the mobile OS? I have one, and it seems like the best OS on the market right now. The lack of 3rd party apps is a serious problem, but the OS is amazing, as are the built in apps.

MS's biggest problem is their marketing sucks.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/2014 8:39:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
and it seems like the best OS on the market right now.


http://24.media.tumblr.com/8b054ad52a7d63552ec7042...


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By themaster08 on 1/10/2014 1:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
Always quick to comment when it comes to Windows Phone aren't you, Reclaimer? Why does the fact that some individuals prefer Windows Phone irk you so?

With the exception of the app library, what do you genuinely think is wrong with the OS? And don't go on about patent litigation, as that has absolutely no bearing on the OS itself.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 9:00:48 AM , Rating: 3
Hey first off, I don't care if you like the OS. But best OS on the market? Just...wow, okay. You didn't even back that up.

quote:
what do you genuinely think is wrong with the OS?


Honest question, I've answered this before with long lists of the features missing, and I still get attacked for it.

The only really big item is the lack of a voice assistant. You know, I admit it, I didn't really think this would catch on. But now I find myself talking to Google Now all the time. It's changed the way I use my smartphone, for the better, and I just cannot imagine using Windows Phone without an equivalent.

I posted this before, but with Google Now I can get a movie review, buy tickets online for that movie, get alerts so I'm not late for the movie, AND get navigation to the closest theater or one of my choosing. I even get traffic alerts from Google Now in real time, giving me the option to change my route if I'm going to be late to the movie. ALL through Google Now. This is the kind of deep web service integration Android provides you cannot get with Windows Phone. And more.

The rest of my list might seem like little things, but little things really add up.

Windows Phone severely lacks customization. And I don't mean fluff, but useful customizations. Like being able to set different notification sounds for different apps. So I know without even touching my phone what's going on.

Similarly, Windows Phone 8 also does not allow one to set individual sound levels, for notifications, apps and multimedia content. Android does -- you can have music playing at half-volume and, when someone calls, the smartphone rings at full-volume. Or, mute notifications when you want to hear your favorite tune playing quietly in the background. A simple control panel would get the job done but, at least for now, no such option exists.

Windows Phone also has poor notification management. Android, in my opinion, is the best smartphone operating system at aggregating and managing all notifications from various apps and games, into a single place. Notifications are actionable, users can individually dismiss them and, generally speaking, it's a very well though-out system.

With Windows Phone you have to scroll through the Start screen to a notification tile. Sometimes you have to wait for a tile to refresh or flip, before you know what's going on. It's just...bad.

Now I hear a Notification Center is "coming soon" to Windows Phone 8, but this is just yet another feature I've enjoyed for years that Microsoft is late and has to copy others on.

Wow this is getting long winded, and I haven't even gotten to app switching yet or half the customization options I would not have with Windows Phone. Or how Android's browser sync is light years ahead of Windows Phone's. Even sharing content, which we all do on our phones, is far more robust and easier on Android.

Windows Phone will probably improve on all of these, or may already have. However the updates seem to come out far far too slow, and each update is pretty slim on useful changes. Why can't Microsoft, the largest software company, do better? I've never understood their cavalier attitude when it comes to Windows Phone.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By bah12 on 1/10/2014 9:14:55 AM , Rating: 2
For once this post finally gave me an insight into your rage about WP. Sounds to me like your rage is really driven because you really wish it would be better. Not necessarily hatred, but disappointment. And I'd have to agree. Good list, and I agree MS should do better.

More and more their choices show a complete complacency that they will always be top dog. When they lose that rank in an area, instead of fighting hard and fast to win customers back, they just write it off.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 10:09:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
For once this post finally gave me an insight into your rage about WP. Sounds to me like your rage is really driven because you really wish it would be better. Not necessarily hatred, but disappointment. And I'd have to agree. Good list, and I agree MS should do better.


Well... thank you. I just wish others realized this lol.

A few years ago I was actually on here predicting a Windows Phone/Android market domination. I had so much respect for Microsoft as a software company, I honestly thought there was no way they couldn't achieve their goals if they wanted to. Then Microsoft broke my heart by teaming up with Apple against Android vendors, and they stopped competing entirely.

I guess from a business point of view it makes sense. They make several times more profit from licensing and extorting fees from Android vendors than they ever will from Windows Phone. I guess I just expected...I don't know, something better from them.

quote:
More and more their choices show a complete complacency that they will always be top dog. When they lose that rank in an area, instead of fighting hard and fast to win customers back, they just write it off.


You know looking back at Ballmers tenure, this is an excellent observation.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By SuicideNinja on 1/10/2014 9:48:57 AM , Rating: 2
The GDR3 update they just released fixes a few of these problems. It also depends on the user as how they will perceive an OS. In my case, iOS seems dumbed down so far its irritating. Android can do a lot but using it and navigating through the menus is irritating. However, if you use a lot of google services and don't mind managing the phone its the way to go.

I find it fast and easy to get what I want on WP8 so I stick with it. But I switched out of almost everything google the last couple of years as well. I was planning on a Galaxy until WP8 came out. Before that...painfully using a Blackberry. That will make anyone tired of menus.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 10:21:32 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Well that's cool. They must have improved the control toggles a LOT. With Android it's really easy to do things like switch on/off Wifi or GPS or Bluetooth etc etc. Without even having to dig into settings menus.

Last time I tried Windows Phone 8, one had to go through the Settings menu and look up the adjacent sub-menu and then flip the switch for EVERYTHING!

In my opinion Android strikes a nice balance between the average and power user. The tools are all there, but you don't NEED to mess with them. The normal day to day stuff for average users is made very convenient and simple.

quote:
In my case, iOS seems dumbed down so far its irritating.


LOL OMG, preach it brother. I become enraged shortly after using iOS for any length of time. It's so dumbed down that simple tasks cannot be done!

It's seriously like an operating system designed by Fischer Price for a kids toy.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By themaster08 on 1/10/2014 11:25:48 AM , Rating: 2
Some good points you have there, Reclaimer. It's nice to see a more insightful post from you for a change.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By retrospooty on 1/10/2014 12:06:30 PM , Rating: 1
"Hey first off, I don't care if you like the OS. But best OS on the market? Just...wow, okay. "

That is a laugher and half. If Android went away, I would honestly go with BB10 and IOS before WP8. "the best OS on the market right now" OMG that is hilarious.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By danjw1 on 1/10/2014 10:15:57 AM , Rating: 2
It is bloated to begin with. It takes up too much of the limited storage on mobile devices.

Honestly, I haven't even played with one. But since this pickup rate is so bad, most other people haven't even seen a friend using one. If your tech savvy buddy isn't buying, why would you? And that is what is really killing the OS. If no one is buying them, no one is going to buy them. They need to get some good reviews and that isn't going to happen with the current leadership.

Past that, they are way behind Linux from a performance stand point. They need to be willing to make big changes to the OS to update it, that the current culture won't allow.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Tony Swash on 1/10/2014 8:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Because they need someone who understands that they need to throw old habits out the door.


Which in turn usually requires a corporate near death experience. Company’s are like people, it takes a lot to get them to change their ways, usually a profound shock to the system. Perversely it may be the current strength of Microsoft’s financials that is holding back the radical changes that are needed. Things are still too comfortable for them.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By MrBlastman on 1/10/2014 10:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
Don't take this the wrong way but Indians are a cancer on share price. They're smart people and work hard, but when it comes to running a business, stay away.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By Breakfast Susej on 1/10/2014 9:26:06 AM , Rating: 2
They need a Steve Jobs to turn them around. Apple kind of needs another Steve Jobs too. Isn't Apple's resurrection the only instance in history of a tech company rising from near death? I could be wrong.

I don't know what to think about Microsoft any longer to be honest. There's no doubt that there are vultures circling them. Microsoft is kind of different though isn't it? Companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, they all ride the wave of public opinion much more nervously. If they fall out of favor they quickly become obscure and get replaced by the next upstart. Microsoft on the other hand has never been in favor. They were always kind of a necessary evil and were always hated.

They forced their position in the market place for ages by being the only game in town. I look back at Windows 95 as an example. It reminds me so much of Windows 8. Microsoft decided this was the future, and they mashed Dos and Windows together into an unholy union that was an abortion to use and called it Windows 95. People hated it but begrudgingly switched because there was no choice. Microsoft had the power to force change. In time it became something good, but it wasn't arguably till XP, and I might even argue it wasn't truly great till Windows 7. I see 7 as the best thing they ever made.

Now, they just don't have that power quite as much as they used to. They still hold the corporate world pretty tight. But the consumer world hardly needs them. But they still behave as if they do. I think they are convinced they still have that power to just do whatever they like and have people eat it up.

I feel like they are in a very tough, almost no win situation. They desperately need a big innovation and a miracle to make themselves "cool" enough to succeed in the consumer market, and at the same time can't risk pissing off the customers they still have forced dependence saddled on with legacy software compatibility. Apple has it so easy in comparison. They can break compatibility for whatever they want willy nilly and the iCrowd will just buy the new product anyway. If Microsoft ever did that they would be out of business overnight. Look at Windows RT for example. That's the closest they've ever been to introducing a totally unique product with no legacy support or compatibility and see how well it did.

I suppose the argument could be made that RT was just a bad OS, and 8 is also just a bad OS and that's the problem. Yet it's not as bad as some people make out. But it's not mind blowingly awesome either. And Microsoft kind of needs something to be mind blowingly awesome at this point.

I don't know really. It's easy to be an armchair CEO, but it's probably really really tough times right now at Microsoft. I just wonder if they even realize it is. The distance from market leader to the bottom is very short. Just look at BlackBerry.


RE: Well, they are doomed.
By otherwise on 1/10/2014 6:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
> People hated it but begrudgingly switched because there was no choice.

I don't know what planet you're on. Windows 95 was incredibly well received and I can't remember there ever being such excitement for an operating system. People were literally camping out on release day to buy a copy. Just about every techie went out of their way to get a copy of the *beta* because the experience was just so much better than Windows 3.11.


I'll take the job
By troysavary on 1/9/2014 3:06:46 PM , Rating: 4
I have no experience being a CEO, but I am sure I can do better for MS than the last 3 HP CEOs did for HP. Of course, to be that bad, I'd have to buy Blackberry for about 5 times market value, make one product, firesale it weeks later, then sell QNX to a TV maker for Smart TVs.




RE: I'll take the job
By mik123 on 1/9/2014 3:25:04 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I have no experience being a CEO


Enough said.


RE: I'll take the job
By troysavary on 1/9/2014 4:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, Mr. Take-me-too-seriously.


RE: I'll take the job
By retrospooty on 1/10/2014 2:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
"to be that bad, I'd have to buy Blackberry for about 5 times market value, make one product, firesale it weeks later, then sell QNX to a TV maker for Smart TVs."

LOL. Sigh, WebOS.


By fteoath64 on 1/10/2014 4:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
MS needs to drive a "remake" of Win 8 that would really bring back the fan base as per Win7. It can extend WP into the tablet space and forget about any tablet or touch based interfaces for Windows based products. An internal candidate cannot really do this since he would not be able to resolve conflicts between huge groups in MS.
If maintaining status quo means pushing WP to 25% in the next 5 years and let Windows base decline to 1/3 of the current levels. This is not going to be a good outlook at all.
A drastic change is needed and needs to complete that change in 2 years with 2 minor OS revisions on the way. None of the existing internal candidates are capable of that and surviving through it.




No one else would take the job!
By jnemesh on 1/10/2014 8:01:06 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously...they HAVE to go with someone already at MS, because as several articles have stated, NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would be CEO with Ballmer and Gates 2nd guessing every decision!

The kinds of hard choices MS needs to make simply WONT BE MADE with those two "leading" from the shadows! As long as either of them is on the board, the company is doomed.




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