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

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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23 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

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

5. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

9. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

Wow windows is a desirable platform where have you been LOL

20. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

24. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I doubt it would if MS would just poach him.

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Right. I agree. So we can be happy.

22. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

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

2. posthardcore29

Posts: 20; Member since: May 05, 2013

what? ...

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

When?

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

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

18. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I would go for the CEO :D

4. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

7. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

8. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!

15. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

17. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 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...

23. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

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

21. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 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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