Rumor: Microsoft's new CEO to be named "sooner than later"

The quest to find a new CEO for Microsoft following Steve Ballmer's retirement announcement could happen much sooner than many are perhaps expecting. While Microsoft said that Ballmer will leave sometime in the next 12 months, a new report from AllThingsD.com says that the company will name a replacement long before that deadline comes up.

The report, via unnamed sources, quotes one of them as saying, "This job will be filled sooner than later. It’s imperative to bring a sense of clarity as soon as possible." It also says that current Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will almost certainly not be named as an interim CEO, despite being urged by many to do so, but will likely be the major influence for Microsoft in naming Ballmer's successor.

Beyond naming its new CEO, the article hints that even more major changes could be coming to Microsoft. The company had already announced plans for a huge reorganization before Ballmer's retirement announcement. However, the story speculates that Microsoft could name a number of new directors to its board to give the company a fresh perspective. Microsoft has already announced that it has invited Mason Morfit, the president of ValueAct Capital Management, to become the 10th member of the board.

The article also suggests that Microsoft could sell off some of its divisions, such as the Xbox business, MSN, and the company's online ad business. It also seems to think that Microsoft could buy out Nokia, although recent rumors would indicate that previous negotiations between the two companies have failed on this very subject.

Source: AllThingsD | Image via imagemaker / Shutterstock.com

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Rumor: Microsoft's new CEO to be named "sooner than later"

... just in case they need to replace him / her before he / she replaces ballmer. lol.

If they spin off divisions then the worst thing that can/will happen is they obvious loss of harmonious experience MS is aiming for across the devices.

Spinning off individual companies won't be bad but the above mentioned thing is.

Dot Matrix said,
Why would they sell Xbox? That's absurd.

Take it with a pinch of salt .. The actual "report" is not even rumour, a journalist from AlthingsD is just speculating what he thinks might happen ... There is nothing to suggest this might be the case.

I still think selling off the Xbox business is absurd. Microsoft has already invested so much money for the division to set up its other products and services -- it's become integral to the company's offerings.

HP had a similarly boneheaded idea when it considered spinning off its PC division.

The Xbox brand isn't a money maker for the company, with Forbes stating that Microsoft makes no money from the Xbox (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ad...ow-game-over-ballmer-loses/). By comparison Microsoft will make $3.4bn from licensing associated with Android devices. It's also worth noting that the Xbox brand has damaged the Windows platform when it comes to gaming, with OS X and Linux both making considerably inroads thanks to Steam. Console gaming is all about market presence rather than profitability.

Microsoft would do well to ditch the Xbox brand and focus on computing.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The Xbox brand isn't a money maker for the company, with Forbes stating that Microsoft makes no money from the Xbox (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ad...ow-game-over-ballmer-loses/). By comparison Microsoft will make $3.4bn from licensing associated with Android devices. It's also worth noting that the Xbox brand has damaged the Windows platform when it comes to gaming, with OS X and Linux both making considerably inroads thanks to Steam. Console gaming is all about market presence rather than profitability.

Microsoft would do well to ditch the Xbox brand and focus on computing.


Considerable in roles ? Hahahaha
You're quite a funny guy .

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's also worth noting that the Xbox brand has damaged the Windows platform when it comes to gaming, with OS X and Linux both making considerably inroads thanks to Steam

The Steam hardware surveys say otherwise. The only ones on the latest August survey that had any significant increase was Windows 8 and to a lesser extent 7, OSX usually fluctuates a bit, up a bit this month, Linux is down across the board, again, still under 0.1% in any category.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The Xbox brand isn't a money maker for the company, with Forbes stating that Microsoft makes no money from the Xbox (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ad...ow-game-over-ballmer-loses/). By comparison Microsoft will make $3.4bn from licensing associated with Android devices. It's also worth noting that the Xbox brand has damaged the Windows platform when it comes to gaming, with OS X and Linux both making considerably inroads thanks to Steam. Console gaming is all about market presence rather than profitability.

Microsoft would do well to ditch the Xbox brand and focus on computing.

this is the front page, not the jokes section

theyarecomingforyou said,

Do you dispute the article on Forbes?

xbox has been profitable and making billions since 08. sure,they lost a ton of money in the beginning, but anyone with any kind of business sense calls this a long term investment. eventually they will get back in the black from all those previous loses, but then they'll have a premiere worldwide brand that still makes them billions in pure profit anually.

as for my original comment, that was not aimed at the forbes article(although its a nice read for a few good chuckles), that was aimed at your ridiculous comments such as linux and osx making inroads on windows in gaming,and xbox damaging windows gaming.

vcfan said,
xbox has been profitable and making billions since 08. sure,they lost a ton of money in the beginning, but anyone with any kind of business sense calls this a long term investment. eventually they will get back in the black from all those previous loses

Microsoft posted a profit of less than $500m on revenue of over $8bn, having made no money over the lifecycle of the X360. This is coming from a respectable source - you simply have no credibility to claim otherwise.

vcfan said,
as for my original comment, that was not aimed at the forbes article(although its a nice read for a few good chuckles), that was aimed at your ridiculous comments such as linux and osx making inroads on windows in gaming,and xbox damaging windows gaming.

How many PC titles have been lost because of Microsoft's pursuit of exclusive games? Halo is an obvious one; Gears of War another. The developer behind Age Of Empires was roped into doing an X360-exclusive RTS Halo game before the studio was shuttered. DirectX development has ground to a halt. Gaming on Windows has taken a back seat to the Xbox brand and suffered as a result. That's not to say PC gaming hasn't improved but that's in spite of Microsoft.

As for Mac and Linux, my point wasn't that they're threatening Windows in terms of market share but Steam has made gaming a lot more accessible and talk of the Steam Box, which is supposedly Linux based, would see a huge amount of resources put behind non-Windows platforms. In fact Gabe Newell has been very critical of Windows. At the moment they're no threat but they will be if Microsoft continues to focus its resources on the Xbox over Windows.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Microsoft posted a profit of less than $500m on revenue of over $8bn, having made no money over the lifecycle of the X360. This is coming from a respectable source - you simply have no credibility to claim otherwise.

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-earnings-2011-1

in the year 2010, Microsoft made 1 billion in profit alone.

in 2011, they made 1.32 billion in profit

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/...it_For_Fiscal_Year_2011.php

heres another chart

http://www.neowin.net/news/rep...early-3-billion-in-10-years


bye bye


How many PC titles have been lost because of Microsoft's pursuit of exclusive games? Halo is an obvious one; Gears of War another. The developer behind Age Of Empires was roped into doing an X360-exclusive RTS Halo game before the studio was shuttered. DirectX development has ground to a halt. Gaming on Windows has taken a back seat to the Xbox brand and suffered as a result. That's not to say PC gaming hasn't improved but that's in spite of Microsoft.

very much so that during this time, openGL has pushed itself to a whole nother level...oh wait.. then why is opengl pretty much dead on the desktop and is desperately trying to match directx features and barely able to keep up?


As for Mac and Linux, my point wasn't that they're threatening Windows in terms of market share but Steam has made gaming a lot more accessible and talk of the Steam Box, which is supposedly Linux based, would see a huge amount of resources put behind non-Windows platforms. In fact Gabe Newell has been very critical of Windows. At the moment they're no threat but they will be if Microsoft continues to focus its resources on the Xbox over Windows.

its such a small insignificant blip in the statistics that I don't even know why youre talking about it.

Edited by vcfan, Sep 3 2013, 1:48am :

nice try,but you were exposed for passing off false info as fact because you read an article from a site that didn't post supporting evidence. Let this be a lesson that just because its on forbes,doesnt mean its true. You even called it credible when there was zero evidence,and you believed the article because of the name of the publication. You could have easily went back in time and read the annual quarterly reports. its that simple. hell you could have just searched this site and found that information.

vcfan said,
nice try,but you were exposed for passing off false info as fact because you read an article from a site that didn't post supporting evidence.

The Forbes article states that Microsoft doesn't make any money from the Xbox brand. The article you linked to stated that Microsoft has lost over $3bn. The other articles all state that despite making profits in a given year that overall the Xbox division has made a loss. Either way it's not profitable like you claimed.

You have been proven wrong. Give up.

theyarecomingforyou said,

The Forbes article states that Microsoft doesn't make any money from the Xbox brand. The article you linked to stated that Microsoft has lost over $3bn. The other articles all state that despite making profits in a given year that overall the Xbox division has made a loss. Either way it's not profitable like you claimed.

You have been proven wrong. Give up.

no, you have the context clearly wrong. the forbes article is not talking about historical investment and trying to keep score. they are clearly speaking about current quarterly performance. that particular quarter had a loss in the division(which includes windows phone[hello nokia support payments]),and hes trying to paint the picture that xbox division is and will not bring in quarterly profits in the future,which is absured because the division was consistently bringing in billions,and since the article,still bringing it in,proving that what was stated in the article was completely wrong.

No matter how much anyone likes the non-Windows Microsoft products, without the historical Windows/Office sales and profits, it's hard to see how long Microsoft can remain sustainable.

And Microsoft makes nothing from its xBox/Kinect entertainment division, while losing vast sums in its on-line division (negative $350M-$750M/quarter).

ive already referenced the initial investments,and only speaking about quarterly profits since 08,which has been positive,and will eventually put them in the black,and the investment will pay off. read my above comments.

vcfan said,

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-earnings-2011-1

in the year 2010, Microsoft made 1 billion in profit alone.

in 2011, they made 1.32 billion in profit

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/...it_For_Fiscal_Year_2011.php

heres another chart

http://www.neowin.net/news/rep...early-3-billion-in-10-years


bye bye

very much so that during this time, openGL has pushed itself to a whole nother level...oh wait.. then why is opengl pretty much dead on the desktop and is desperately trying to match directx features and barely able to keep up?


its such a small insignificant blip in the statistics that I don't even know why youre talking about it.


Microsoft has lost around $4 billion dollars since the inception of Xbox. They'll continue to lose money for the next two years on this thing.