Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC

The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled. This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates. What's wrong with the matchmaking process?

The gist: Microsoft needs someone strong enough to stand up to the old guard still looking over everyone's shoulder (Gates and Ballmer) - and essentially dismiss them - since the company needs to look to the future, not the past.

Good luck with that.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Mon 9th Dec 2013 08:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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The only choices I think would have any kind of success are Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. Of the two I prefer Satya, but Elop is imho more likely to get the position.

Elop really showed his strengths at Nokia. Going from hero to zero in a really small amount of time.
But, its one of the only ones that make sense. Elop understands Office (he ran the Office division for a while which reinvented itself with O365 and released Office 2010 without a hitch) and Nokia so he understands two huge parts of Microsoft moving forward.

Elop also showed he could take the hard work of Office2007 and give it a slight polish for the re release in 2010. On top of that he took Office into the future with O365 which is... uhm... let me look that up. Ah it is a subscription to Office. Really innovative.

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