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Ford's Mulally won't be the next CEO of Microsoft

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Ford's Mulally won't be the next CEO of Microsoft
With automobiles quickly becoming giant-sized smartphones on wheels, the odds-on favorite to replace Steve Ballmer at Microsoft was Ford's CEO Alan Mulally. With these rumors beginning to affect morale at the automaker, Mulally decided to put an end to the speculation by announcing on Tuesday that he was not putting his name in the hat for the position.

In a statement to the media, the 68 year old executive said, "I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford...you don’t have to worry about me leaving." The press has mobbed Detroit since the North American International Auto Show is set to begin in the next few days.

Mulally has not said whether he actually sat down with Microsoft to discuss the CEO job, or whether he was even offered the position. The Ford CEO's announcement would seem to catapult Microsoft's own Satya Nadella into the favorite's position to be named as Microsoft's new CEO. Nadella is currently the head of the software giant's Cloud and Enterprise group.

Microsoft board member John W. Thompson said last month that a new CEO will be named early this year.

source: Forbes

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 20:11 2

1. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


This arrogant egoed Balmar is relying on non Google products on there platform, having every hope wishing Bing, W8, Xbox will succeed, apparently all has failed and led to billions of lost. After all that they still don't kick him out; what a pathetic loser. WP is failing and is getting funded by Androids Oems. But then again Ms have billions in offshore banks.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 21:10 1

3. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Windows 8 failed ? Lol . Most of my friends has already upgraded to windows 8

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 21:31 2

4. PBXtech (Posts: 976; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


W8 is on about the same pace as Vista was. Vista was considered a dud in Windows history. In comparison, XP and 7 have been far superior in adoption rates.

It's still selling though, so until 9 is released, it can only increase in adoption rates.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 22:57 2

5. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Extradite Troll = Paid by Google/Sammy

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:53 1

8. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


I.m hating on Balmar, cause all he has done to the company is lost. I.m not disliking MS,Wp,or bing. Hes ego has let him to not use Google oroducts. How am i a troll. Why not have free option to use Google like on ios. Bb. I dont like that loser, arrogant, thinks hes way and idears are great. And that stephen elop. Both are good for nothing.
No im not a samsung google lover, but enjoy tech. I like every platfoform and brand. So no urbanphantom.
Why cant everyone just get on, and fk the hate and jealousy and patent trolls...

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 09:26

13. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You can use all sorts of Google products on windows. If you are referring to WP, the reason there aren't any official Google apps is because of Google, not MS. MS has even offered to develop the apps for Google. While I agree that Ballmer needs to go, you should at least give better reasoning than something that is out of his control. The main problem with Ballmer is that he is out of touch with the consumer. MS has been either late to the party (WP) or took the wrong initial approach (tablets). The direction that a company takes is entirely up to it's CEO (Ballmer). Whoever they decide to replace him with needs to pay a little more attention to the consumer... and their PR dept needs a major revamp too.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:34

12. volcano (Posts: 254; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


the problem isn't ballmer the problem is you people like you who think google has higher quality products than others Microsoft doesn't have to rely on scroogle to successed because they already have successful products to rely on

second scroogle doesn't even want to release official youtube app on windows phone they already blocked youtube app build by microsoft, if you want to blame someone for not having major scroogle apps blame scroogle because they don't want to support windows phone

third windows phone already successful product its the second OS in 14 markets and it shipped more windowsphones than iphone in 24 countries

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 20:35 2

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6991; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Good. Mulally needs to stay at Ford. He's done incredible work for them, but their journey to become the world's best automaker isn't complete yet.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:41 1

6. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Totally agree. He has done a very good job and needs to see this through. I have nothing but repect for this man.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 02:18

10. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Pssh, Ford can get along without him...
Come back to the NW Alan, we miss you!

Seriously though, he might leave Ford for Boeing, but he'd be a pretty big fish out of water going from heavy manufacturing to software.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 02:56

11. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


what a joke. american cars are just better than their korean counterparts. and they are inferior to japanese products. not to mention german who invent most of car related technologies. so this is like a wet dream for ford to become best in the world. btw i drive a maserati which is italian but still think germans are untouchable in this area. so no american automaker including ford will ever become best.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:47

7. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Most of what I have heard had Satya Nadella as the favorite anyways. Who ever it is, what a job. MS is stuck in this limbo where their enterprise products are their money makers, but most observers think their consumer products are their future.

What an amazing chore this will be for their new CEO. Pick the wrong direction, and things could get ugly fast. Pick the right direction but the transition isn't smooth, and things could get ugly fast.

Pick the right direction and within a few years this vision of an enterprise/services company comes even close to what it could be, you will be revered forever. The ultimate high risk/high reward job. I do not envy that person.

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