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11/18/2013
03:35 PM
Michael Endler
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Will Microsoft's Next CEO Ditch Ballmer's Plan?

As Microsoft board closes in on a new CEO, the company's long-term strategy remains hazy.

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Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/18/2013 | 6:36:34 PM
Re: Go Outside
@Rob yes, that makes sense. 
RobPreston
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11/18/2013 | 6:08:41 PM
Re: Go Outside
I'm going to pass on naming names/making recommendations. I'm not the least bit qualified to get that specific. My advice is only general: Look outside Microsoft. I don't think this is an IBM/Lou Gerstner situation. I don't think Microsoft should bring in someone wholly outside technology circles. But I would consider looking outside the obvious competitor/would-be-competitor realm.
Ariella
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11/18/2013 | 5:50:52 PM
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@Rob Do you think Microsoft will choose the right person? Is there one who would be ideal for the company? 
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/18/2013 | 5:41:14 PM
Elop or Mulally
When I think of Mulally becoming Microsoft CEO I think of John Sculley, who with no experience running a tech company left Pepsi to become Apple CEO in 1983. That was a very dark period for Apple. Yet Mulally's different. He worked at Boeing and has a strong engineering background. He would be a more exciting pick than Elop because it would be so unpredictable as to what strategy Mulally would take. But he's a big risk because he's never run a software company. Would he be just another sales-driven businessman? That approach didn't work with Ballmer. Does Mulally really understand the nuances of cloud, mobile, search and social? That's a concern. Elop would be a comforting choice because he's a former Microsoftie with deep tech knowledge and experience. He may not reignite Microsoft right away, but he knows what he's doing and has strengths in areas where Microsoft is weakest: mobile platforms and devices. If MS were truly down-and-out it might be time for an outsider like Mulally. But it's not. My vote is for Elop. What do other people think? Who would you pick and why?

 
RobPreston
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11/18/2013 | 3:55:47 PM
Go Outside
Microsoft needs to find a CEO who can shape the company in his/her own distinctive way. I have great respect for Microsoft and all that it has accomplished, but it's time for a fresh vision, and that's not going to come from within unless it's from a recent hire or acquisition.
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