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Microsoft CES Buzz: CEO Search
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/9/2014 | 7:01:52 PM
Re: Intel Dual OS plan
My point is that as an executive of any company, the business acumen is essential. But for a high-tech company, you cannot simply avert from technical stuff. In other words, the correct technical vision/sense is mandatory. The hard-sale will not work out - you need to use your expertise to convince the potential customer.
Thomas Claburn
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1/9/2014 | 3:44:43 PM
Re: Intel Dual OS plan
Given what Stephen Elop did to Nokia, I'm surprised he's in the running.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/9/2014 | 3:41:30 PM
Re: Intel Dual OS plan
I agree, Ballmer and Gates should get out of the way. Tech visionaries do not like to have control freaks hovering over them. But Microsoft is Ballmer and Gates's baby -- and they won't get out of the way. As a result, don't expect Microsoft to end up with a tech visionary but a competent, malleable executive. One who hopefully has a better understanding and respect for underlying technology than the sales-driven Ballmer.
RobPreston
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1/9/2014 | 1:50:23 PM
Re: Intel Dual OS plan
Microsoft needs to pick the right successor. It needs to get this decision right. Investors, customers, partners, employees, consultants...they all have their point of view. No matter who Microsoft picks, various camps will yelp. So I'm not concerned that Microsoft is taking "too long" to pick Ballmer's successor. Take the time to get it right. And then commit to that CEO's vision. 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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1/9/2014 | 10:48:23 AM
Re: Intel Dual OS plan
Agreed-- definitely a big shift. Last year at CES, the PC players (including Intel) were all touting Win 8 and convergence. This year, Intel still has a lot of 2-in-1 hybrid tablets on display, but the devices are just a piece of Intel's exhibit space. Wearables, augmented reality, connected cars, etc-- all being given more attention, as far as I can tell.

And among the PC companies at the show, it's largely the same story. Lenovo was showing off its new Horizon mega-tablet, but their reps were much more interested in talking about the proprietary software Lenovo has layered on top of Windows 8.1 than in the OS itself. At the same time, I've seen more people wearing Google Glass around the show than carrying Windows 8 devices. I think Win 8.1 was a noteworthy improvement, as I've written before, but it's clear that Microsoft's next CEO will have to deal with a different and more challenging OEM ecosystem.
Laurianne
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1/9/2014 | 10:37:55 AM
Intel Dual OS plan
Intel's dual OS plans don't generate as much buzz out of CES as huge TVs and weraable computers do, but make no mistake: That is a huge shift for Microsoft. As analysts point out today, it is also a complex new profit game for Intel, which had its PC market profits down to a science.


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