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Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai reportedly in negotiations to be Microsoft's CEO (or not)

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Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai reportedly in negotiations to be Microsoft's CEO (or not)
There have been some pretty big names on the move at Google this past year including Hugo Barra leaving the company for Xiaomi and Andy Rubin stepping down as chief of Android and being replaced by Chrome chief Sundar Pichai. Now, word has it that Microsoft may be trying to woo Pichai away from Google to be the new CEO in Redmond.

A few days ago, we heard that the top internal candidate at Microsoft was Satya Nadella, and it sounded as though it was close to a done deal that Nadella would be taking over the gig. Now, it turns out there is an outside candidate that is in negotiations with Microsoft about the position: Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai. Word has it that negotiations "are in full swing" between Pichai and Microsoft's hiring committee.

Pichai has also been rumored for high level positions at other companies including Twitter, and sources are saying that Google has offered Pichai $50 million to stay at Google. Pichai is regarded as the driving force behind Google's push to gain control of Android recently, including greater integration of Google Play services, and even the deals with Samsung.

*Update* According to Re/code's Kara Swisher, these reports are not true. Swisher claims that her sources at both Microsoft and Google are denying that Pichai is a candidate and she is saying "definitively" that Pichai is not a candidate for the CEO position at Microsoft. 

source: Silicon Angle, @KaraSwisher 1 & 2

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posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:00 5

1. Kishin (Posts: 610; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Man, how good to be wanted everywhere!!. This can be good for Microsoft if he decides yes.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:03

5. 14545 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I really like the direction he has pushed android. However, I think he might make WinPhone a more desirable platform. Maybe even dump that horrid metro UI. One can hope anyway. Whatever the decision, I wish him luck.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:28 3

9. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


Wow windows is a desirable platform where have you been LOL

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 23:05 2

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1400; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


He said would make it. And agreed, Windows is not desirable. Most people buy Nokia because it's Nokia.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 13:43

24. 14545 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Please go back and re-read what I said. I never said WP was a desirable platform.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:04 5

6. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'd welcome the move if it created a better relationship between MS and Google.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:34 1

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I doubt it would if MS would just poach him.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:34 1

13. akki20892 (Posts: 3474; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Right. I agree. So we can be happy.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 23:28

22. XaErO (Posts: 149; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I absolutely agree !!
I believe, these people wherever they go .. they just do wonders !!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:01

2. posthardcore29 (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 May 2013)


what? ...

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:33 1

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3474; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


When?

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:02 2

3. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 867; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


50 Million to stay or go be a CEO....................hmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 22:00

18. aksa123 (Posts: 212; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I would go for the CEO :D

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 22:36 3

19. lyndon420 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Being a CEO is one thing, but taking pride in the company you work for is another.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:02

4. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I will be that guy. Nope-
http://bgr.com/2014/02/03/microsoft-ceo-sundar-pichai/

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:06 8

7. ScottSchneider (Posts: 318; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Sundar... Do what MS did to Nokia... Bring MS to google for $ 5Billion... Be the Trojan in the Horse... o_0

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:25

8. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


Hmmmm I beg to differ $$$$ isn't everything Pichai is doing extreamly well with google because he has a vision for it. Its his new baby & he seems happy with it. Besides It appears that Google is ready to top MS in whatever they offer him.
He'll wind up screwing it up & having a big golden parachute.
We need more people like him though_ like Gates, Jobs, Ballmer & so on I don't see him leaving.

However I do see Nadella filling the bill. Seeking the help of of the MS Jedi master Gates. I think he has a vision for MS & is taking the steps to make the right choices.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:33

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3546; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Change is good.. As long as the Lumia device, and WP software, teams stays in place, I'm down for whatever...

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:41 2

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


So he can prepare MS to latter be sold to Google BUAHAHAHAHA

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:46 1

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3546; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol!!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:42

15. darkvadervip (Posts: 319; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Y'all slow. Can't y'all read windows 9 will drop the current live tile fashion and go android slash apple and maybe try to impart live rives in the UI like sense and touch wiz.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:53 1

17. Troysyx (Posts: 139; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


W'all might be slow. W'all didn't read anything here to say anything about what Microsoft is doing. Probably because W'all don't care...

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 08:04

23. Tuxedo (Posts: 143; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Seems like a step backwards IMO. I like the live tile / dynamic icons idea.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 23:11

21. kanagadeepan (Posts: 668; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Sundar Pichai should become CEO of M$ and do what El0p has done to N0kia.... I mean degrade M$ to hell and sell it to Google or Twitter or Adobe for dirt cheap...

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