Re: Secondary choice, or tertiary choice?
He may be the best choice of who can realistically be expected to take the position. But that doesn't mean he's a great, or even good, choice. I think the idea that Microsoft needs someone who excels technically, is incorrect, just as it was with IBM, a substantially more technically complex company than Microsoft ever was.
Microsoft needs someone who can project a feeling about Microsoft that says that they are there for people, not just for themselves. I don't think that anyone within Microsoft can do that, they are all part of the problem. They also need someone who isn't too close to any particular product lines. That can't be said about anyone in Microsoft either. Will he favor his old areas?
And it's a big difference between running a division, and running the entire shebang. A CEO has to make decisions that a division chief never need consider.