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    Report - Ford CEO top candidate to replace Ballmer at Microsoft

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    Sources says Alan Mulally now a frontrunner to become Xbox maker's new chief executive officer.

    Ford CEO Alan Mulally is a top candidate to replace outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the Xbox maker's top executive, The Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD reports.

    Mulally denied that he was leaving the Detroit-based car company earlier this month, telling AllThingsD that, "I continue to be focused on serving Ford."

    Sources with knowledge of the situation told the site that the 68-year-old Mulally was not warm to the idea of joining Microsoft at first, but has become more interested of late.

    Mulally has been CEO of Ford for seven years. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airlines in the Seattle area.

    Shortly after Microsoft acquired Nokia for $7.2 billion, it was reported that CEO Stephen Elop would be a top contender for the Microsoft CEO job. However, sources told AllThingsD that there has been a "shift" in recent weeks away from Elop and towards Mulally.

    Mulally and Microsoft have reportedly not yet entered "formal" contract negotiations, but discussions about the position are said to be "serious."

    In August, Ballmer announced that he would retire in the next 12 months and will officially step down once his replacement is found.

    Microsoft's board of directors has established a special committee to direct the selection process for Ballmer's successor. This committee is chaired by the board's lead independent director, John Thompson, as well as chairman of the board Bill Gates, among others.

    The board is working with executive recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., and will consider both internal and external candidates, Microsoft said.
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    Christ this guy has no background in software developement bad choice. I was hoping they could pluck Oracle Ceo away from them.

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    Christ this guy has no background in software developement bad choice. I was hoping they could pluck Oracle Ceo away from them.
    Agreed. Talk about the disconnect that is going to be there.




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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sith View Post
    Christ this guy has no background in software developement bad choice. I was hoping they could pluck Oracle Ceo away from them.
    Agreed. Why put somebody in there who has absolutely no background?

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    I'm actually confused by MS decisions as of late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two4DaMoney View Post
    MS smart car incoming.
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    Being CEO is about being good at managing all those below. That is the only requirement needed. I don't ever remember Ballmer being a C++ wizard, and yet he commanded directors, consultants, and supervisors of whom were computer wizards who of whom directed and commanded their forces of programmers to build Windows. It's all about hierarchy, and I can tell you that the vice president of operations of Burger King doesn't need to ever know how to flip a burger for a low-ranked employee to be able to do the specialized job he knows and cook you that whopper of a whopper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foraeli View Post
    Being CEO is about being good at managing all those below. That is the only requirement needed. I don't ever remember Ballmer being a C++ wizard, and yet he commanded directors, consultants, and supervisors of whom were computer wizards who of whom directed and commanded their forces of programmers to build Windows. It's all about hierarchy, and I can tell you that the vice president of operations for Burger King doesn't need to ever know how to flip a burger for a low-ranked employee to do the job he knows and cook you that whopper of a whopper.
    good point. the problem is that if you listen to his reasonings and what he thought about his competitors, you would soon realize that he was living in lala land. he thought tablets were not the future and that desktop were still relevant. this is probably part of the reason why they're fir...errrm retiring him from MS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    good point. the problem is that if you listen to his reasonings and what he thought about his competitors, you would soon realize that he was living in lala land. he thought tablets were not the future and that desktop were still relevant. this is probably part of the reason why they're fir...errrm retiring him from MS.
    There is nothing really wrong with thinking such. I for one also agree with $600 tablets will not replace the cheap desktop PC. I'm pretty sure people once said laptops were the future, and while they are indeed part of that future, desktop is and has always been the dominant platform. And I'm sure they are those who say mobile gaming and other portable gaming devices are killing home consoles, but look where we are now with this next generation being the biggest console launch event ever. It's just opinion at this point as to what the future truly holds.

    Whatever might come of this new man in charge, I believe it can at least save Windows 8 from further disaster. Forcing desktops to act like tablets is going to kill desktop PC sales in the long run. People are already getting discouraged to buy due to the fact that no one wants Windows 8 on their PCs and non-touch laptops, and a lot of PC distributors are forcibly putting Windows 8 on all the new machines sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foraeli View Post
    There is nothing really wrong with thinking such. I for one also agree with $600 tablets will not replace the cheap desktop PC.
    tablets are pretty cheap nowadays. you don't need to spend $600 to get a decent tablet. especially the linux ones that don't have to work with a bloated OS.
    I'm pretty sure people once said laptops were the future, and while they are indeed part of that future, desktop is and has always been the dominant platform. And I'm sure they are those who say mobile gaming and other portable gaming devices are killing home consoles, but look where we are now with this next generation being the biggest console launch event ever. It's just opinion at this point as to what the future truly holds.

    Whatever might come of this new man in charge, I believe it can at least save Windows 8 from further disaster. Forcing desktops to act like tablets is going to kill desktop PC sales.
    no...i didn't just mean tablets, the discussion was that people aren't on desktops anymore, they're on other sort of devices such as tablets, phones, laptops etc...and he said that PCs (desktops) were still relevant. now if you look at how much non-PCs have boomed, you realize how deluded he was to think this way...just a couple or so years ago. not even saying 10 years ago when we didn't know much.

    people are moving onto mobile computers, desktop will always be there but it's not going to get bigger than it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    tablets are pretty cheap nowadays. you don't need to spend $600 to get a decent tablet. especially the linux ones that don't have to work with a bloated OS.
    no...i didn't just mean tablets, the discussion was that people aren't on desktops anymore, they're on other sort of devices such as tablets, phones, laptops etc...and he said that PCs (desktops) were still relevant. now if you look at how much non-PCs have boomed, you realize how deluded he was to think this way...just a couple or so years ago. not even saying 10 years ago when we didn't know much.

    people are moving onto mobile computers, desktop will always be there but it's not going to get bigger than it is.
    Here's the thing tho. That's still just your opinion on the subject. You can't state that as a fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foraeli View Post
    Here's the thing tho. That's still just your opinion on the subject. You can't state that as a fact.
    look at the graph: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24129713

    don't think they're even counting smart phones.
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    Christ this guy has no background in software developement bad choice. I was hoping they could pluck Oracle Ceo away from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    look at the graph: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24129713

    don't think they're even counting smart phones.
    All that graph shows is that a new market that is finally getting to take off, and notice how the graph only discusses the difference between 2012 and 2013. This was pretty much a direct result of Microsoft's own disaster of Windows 8 for desktop PCs. As far as smartphones, phones have always been cheaper and always outnumbered PCs even back when the Motorola Razor was released; it just so happens that modern phones are now these smartphones, and that is all that has changed. The desktop PC's relevance is definitely more than up for debate, but I think that may be for another time. All in all, I am in high hopes Ballmer's replacement can fix Windows 8 and save the PC market.

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    He's leaving Ford because he didn't like losing 30% of his pay after his leadership resulted in Ford only meeting 75% of it's performance targets. Quality dropped across almost their entire product line under his leadership.

    His failures at Ford resulted in him losing $5.5 million in pay bonuses this year alone. Ford is probably happy to be rid of him. Why Microsoft hired him............... well, he's probably the cheapest option they found.

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    He's leaving Ford because he didn't like losing 30% of his pay after his leadership resulted in Ford only meeting 75% of it's performance targets. Quality dropped across almost their entire product line under his leadership.

    His failures at Ford resulted in him losing $5.5 million in pay bonuses this year alone. Ford is probably happy to be rid of him. Why Microsoft hired him............... well, he's probably the cheapest option they found.
    They haven't hired him yet. He's the leading candidate.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    They haven't hired him yet. He's the leading candidate.
    The leading candidate is a failure. That doesn't bode well for the future of Microsoft.

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    The leading candidate is a failure. That doesn't bode well for the future of Microsoft.
    The future didn't bode well with Balmer at the helm IMO. So guess they are spinning their wheels. I honestly don't know anything about this guy. But honestly, a vehicle company CEO taking over for a tech/software company just doesn't sound right to me.




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