It’s been nearly five months since Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced that he would be stepping down for some newer blood to take over. Since then, we’ve seen lots of rumors regarding the possible successor as CEO, but even though some internal candidates are more credible than the external candidates that declined the job repeatedly, the biggest problem is that it hasn’t happened yet. As a result, the company’s future is beginning to worry investors.
Inside rumors from Re/code hint to this search for a new leader to have come to an end. Apparently the company will be ready to announce a new CEO as soon as next week, which would come at a good time for any significant MWC announcements in the next coming weeks. The rumors also conclude that the new CEO already works for Microsoft, so this narrows the list of probabilities significantly.
We’ve heard of Skype’s Tony Bates, and of Nokia’s Stephen Elop, but rumors consider it more likely for Satya Nadella to be the winner. Nadella is already famous for leading Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division, and who has already manifested quite an interest in following Ballmer’s vision of making Microsoft a “products company”. Keep your radars active for next week.