Microsoft rumored to select new CEO next week; Satya Nadella still the frontrunner

The committee at Microsoft that has been entrusted to pick a new CEO to replace the retiring Steve Ballmer has certainly taken more time than most people thought. Today, a new rumor, based on unnamed sources, claims Microsoft could finally name its new leader sometime next week and that person will likely be someone who already works on the company's Redmond campus.

Re/code.net claims that at the moment Satya Nadella, who currently leads Microsoft's cloud services division, is the most likely to take over the top spot. Nadella joined the company in 1992 and many believe he has both the familiarity with how Microsoft works as well as a deep technical background.

That lack of a tech history may have torpedoed the candidacy of current Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who was considered to be the CEO front runner for several months. In early January, he finally ended the speculation by saying definitively he would remain at Ford until the end of 2014.

Other possible candidates include Microsoft's current strategy head Tony Bates and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. The article also seems to hold out some chance of Microsoft surprising everyone and picking an outsider to lead the company, but admits that no such candidate has emerged yet.

Source: Re/code | Image via Microsoft

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How has it taken "more time than most people thought"? Since when did the first week of February stop being the early part of the year?

The problem with both of Microsoft's prior CEOs - and this will likely get me into hot water - is that neither of them, Gates nor Ballmer, really, truly understood the software industry.

Gates understood programming, not software. In his formative years Gates never owned a PC. His office computer was a terminal on Microsoft's development mainframe. There's a difference between knowing software and knowing programming. Gates was never an "end-user". Ballmer was more of an end-user than Gates, but he lacked the inside knowledge of how software worked. He never wrote code.

The two have done a remarkable job at taking Microsoft to where it is today and I can't think of any other company who have had such stable and iconic management for such a long time. But if the board elects someone who understands both ends of the equation - how software development works and how end-users think - Microsoft will be the better for it.

sl@nw said,
I will kill myself if the final result is not Steven Elop, or you kill me. Here is the gun.

Lmao why? Are you guys related?

what I am saying is: there is no chance anyone other than Elop will be the CEO, regardless what those people say. No one here has a clue.

sl@nw said,
what I am saying is: there is no chance anyone other than Elop will be the CEO, regardless what those people say. No one here has a clue.
So Mr. Clueless, ready to get shot now? Where do ya want it?

Satya would be an excellent choice. I really hope he gets it. He's done amazing things for Microsoft and he's a nice guy too... he deserves it.

Enron said,
Nutella for CEO!

Love Nutella; it was an immediate hit as midmorning snack when we were in elementary school in the early '60....

Reading up on his background. Even though I've only heard his name a few times and don't know too much about his personality, he does seem to have the credentials. I'm almost kind of rooting for him now as he seems like a perfect fit.

http://investing.businessweek....nId=1540690&ticker=MSFT

"The Cloud OS platform also not only powers all of Microsoft's Internet scale cloud services (including O365, Bing, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, Skype and Dynamics) but also fuels global enterprises around the world to meet their most challenging and mission-critical computing needs."

He looks like the closest guy to get the job. I once rooted for Elop, but when rumors flew about him possibly killing Bing/Xbox, I changed my mind.

Justin Luna said,
He looks like the closest guy to get the job. I once rooted for Elop, but when rumors flew about him possibly killing Bing/Xbox, I changed my mind.
This just in. There is no way Bing/XBox are going anywhere in the near future. Both products have been doubled down on as platforms for much of the current and upcoming services.

yardmanflex said,
Hahaha they poison your hopes for Elop with RUMORS....LOL
Wasn't a real rumor, he said he didn't saw any future for Bing and Xbox and that he would kill off those devicions if he got the chance.

Studio384 said,
Wasn't a real rumor, he said he didn't saw any future for Bing and Xbox and that he would kill off those devicions if he got the chance.

Umm, no. He did not.

Lord Method Man said,
Nope, I'm still going with Andrea Borman.

"In other news, Microsoft's new CEO has announced plans to kill off all modern versions of their OS, and re-release Windows 98, which is causing major headaches in the IT industry..."