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The search for the next chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. is officially still ongoing in a big way, but unofficial sources indicate that the search is nearly over as only two major candidates are now considered. One external and one internal, both seem to be valuable for Microsoft, but who will actually be chosen is a complete mystery.

Microsoft’s board of directors is focusing on Alan Mulally (current chief exec of Ford Motor Co.) and Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services, according to Bloomberg news-agency.

In general, the BOD of the world’s largest software developer left itself two, generally similar, options: reshape the company with a CEO from another world, which would clearly improve financial positions of Microsoft; remake the company from the inside with a person featuring deep knowledge Microsoft, but having experience in areas that historically used to be outside of Microsoft’s core interests.

Alan Mulally has successfully reshaped Ford’s management and even avoided federal bailout in 2009. He is considered as Microsoft’s Louis Gerstner (a former IBM chief exec that dramatically changed the company during his tenure), who, without a lot of emotions, would reform the company in a way to make it more sustainable and to enable future growth. It is obvious that Mr. Mullaly will have the best advisors that even exist, but it also clear that he would never be able to control the whole process of new products development. Moreover, Mr. Mulally is 68 years old and cannot be far off retirement.

Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, is responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. Mr. Nadella and his team deliver the “Cloud OS”, Microsoft’s next generation backend platform, which is designed for modern application needs across all types of customers and types of use. In general, Mr. Nadella is shaping the future of the software in general, but may feature a number of emotions regarding Microsoft as a company that the BoD may not consider as an advantage.

Jon Peddie, the head of Jon Peddie Research who has been analyzing the computer market for several decades, believes that Microsoft does not necessarily require a new visionary – like Bill Gates – on the role of chief executive officer, but rather needs a business executive who will recognize potentially profitable products and technologies at the early stages of development and will not hold the company back.

Microsoft is in process of a major transition these days and its future direction is pretty much clear: the world’s largest software maker’s strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses. Creation of such products and services should not be a problem, the company has a lot of internal talent and a lot of money. What Microsoft does need is to roll-out competitive products and services on time and not be afraid of competing with its traditional customers among hardware makers.


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if they are looking for longevity and experience with sofware then Satya Nadella would be the better ceo.
0 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 11/30/13 12:02:31 AM]

Hell, if I were on Ford's board of directors I'd have Mulally tossed on his ass. I wouldn't want my company being chaired by someone who whores himself out to other companies like that. And then you have Microsoft who wants to hire Captain Disloyalty? (not to mention he's too old to be relevant to a tech company)
1 3 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 11/30/13 12:15:38 AM]
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You're a dumbass. Mulally is free to leave after 2014 and the board and Microsoft know this. The board has even implied they're okay with him leaving early and as such he's been preparing his possible replacements from with in the company. HE was brought in to turn Ford around and he's been pretty successful and now he's either looking for another challenge or he will retire from Ford.
1 1 [Posted by: sollord  | Date: 11/30/13 05:30:58 AM]
You've obviously never worked for a large corporation before. How do you think it does for morale when your CEO is in and out in a few years? What example do you think it sets for the ground level folks when they see their supposed "leader" as a temp hire?

The CEO should be there for the long haul and have real skin in the game. Not doing it for his/her ego where they get a golden parachute whether they win or lose.
2 2 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 11/30/13 01:42:37 PM]

I think that it would be better to have a tech incharge instead of a bean counter. Bean counter who end up in charge of organisations are trained to look at results and what was not what will be. Both the choices listed are and have been in the bean counting rolls not the innovation sector.
3 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 11/30/13 02:04:28 AM]
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You said it best

I hate everything about cloud computing (hindered privacy, subscription based Windows), it's a lose, lose for me, whoever they pick. Alas they need me, but how can you expect a board of directors who knows barely anything about Windows to make the right call. The company is doomed which is OK, because I dislike corporations which defy everything about the human condition, but are parallel to human nature. Alas there will soon be a new Micro 7. I don't think this mulally guy can do anything for windows or staff, maybe on the hardware side. Satya Nadella on the other hand would be well aware of the internal problems at Microsoft, so at least she'd have a chance. Don't like her cloud computing aspect, but...
1 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 12/01/13 06:59:24 PM]

Microsoft needs to employ Mr Jobs through a Ouija board to get out of its hole.
1 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/30/13 03:58:49 AM]

Mulally, yes. Make Windows as reliable and versatile as a F150, and sexy like a Focus.
0 2 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 11/30/13 10:39:08 AM]
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So F150 doesn't have recalls? Just do a search. Besides, would it be a PC or truck, parts wearing out is natural.
1 0 [Posted by: gamoniac  | Date: 12/01/13 12:08:56 AM]

Ford Guy- An easy migration to someone who has no software experience.
Ford has some of the best firmware developers in the world. And he has done nothing with that talent while he has been there.
His best options for humanity would be to stay at Ford
and use the already inplace infrastructure and top talent to make/conquer. Which he has done nothing.
He is more for the title than the job as his record shows.
This also represents a work till death policy that our fathers still want their children to acquire.
This will never get the future talent MS needs and with hardline conservative values,
some may think wearing a tie to work would be appropriate under such.
With limited years, would only be able to continue management of Mr Ballmer's last initiatives.
The plan to run the company on federal contracts and government subsidies more closely aligned like an IBM.

Indian Born -
Although this would look good for those marketing his exposure, when the public understands the impact on natural-born Americans in the industry will result in an immediate backlash against the corporate image. A mutinity and boycott by customers.
Something that could never be recovered in a company skating the fine line to dissolution. There’s a level of quality and price to buying American and buying stuff made in India.
This would not attract the top talent, as it might make matters worse. Internally employees understand the business side of saving but do not agree with its policies openly. When you hear often the excessive abuses
and see it as a quality issue from within the core as favoritism and racism occurs on both sides. When you look at the groups and how majority of teams with Indian managers 'only' hire indians. Then when you look at their tree to see who is under them, you see something terrible. A sea of only indians employed under them.
If you are not indian you will not get hired by Microsoft. So the only talent MS would bring would be the already abused talent they been harvesting the last decade.
Customers would eventually relate to products as made in India. The quality would also relate. Another negative of course is the severe backlash via immigration politics as the company would always be a quote in a reference relating to such.
A positive would be the 70% Indians on staff working in Redmond would think they had a chance at a position and would work for free. I could see more excessive abuse and deaths here.
Internally things would crumble with native born American developer in favor to Indians. From past experiences, they will close out any future hires and promotions for native American born developers.
This will have your current Natives flock as they will see their Indians coworker friends turn into managers in suits. With no room to grow, the core with finally fail but would be completely replaced by Indians only.
This would look good on the books at first, but after five years, the quality of products would show a faster trend downward which is already near extinction and push the stock into single digits.
This would only provide a growth in sales in India, an already flooded market. Chinas growth in purchasing the companies products would determine if the CEO understands the two countries relations, as the two India/China are NOT politically aligned.
Choosing an Indian CEO determines future purchases and implementation for the company only in targeted Indian markets overseas where growth is stagnant and infrastructure buildout is already completed and handled at the lowest margins.
This would ultimately relate to a cheaper priced/lower quality product built only by Indians in the USA (which it already is) and would reflect a business and industry that would eventually become regulated.
Politically conservatives would use this as a tool in every political campaign across the country similar to Walmart protests. Eventually causing more damage than longterm profit as laws are implemented.
This could be the last CEO as markets would divest MSFT shares on a mass scale into single digits on undetermined future.

0 2 [Posted by: douglassss  | Date: 12/01/13 04:09:37 PM]

It might take ten years for games to be ported to Linux the way they are to window ATM but when that time ciomes (and it will come) ms will only have a core business clientele who refuse to change with the times and an ever shrinking OEM market
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 12/03/13 12:54:36 AM]
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Hopefully Mantle will hurry the process up. Hopefully...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 12/03/13 04:46:47 PM]


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