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17 April 20140 Comments by Jon M

#2: The Search for Microsoft’s Next CEO

We’ve been working on a recap of the biggest stories in mobile and tech from last year. With our good friend Scottie Ladeaux we’re going to bring you a new post looking back on our picks from 2013 every Thursday.

Today we have then penultimate story in the countdown and Scottie is talking us through the search for Microsoft’s next CEO after Steve Ballmer stands down this year.

In the time since he’s been at the helm, Microsoft has made $120 billion in profits, and $80 billion in dividends. Ballmer, who has lead the tech giant since founder Bill Gates stepped down in 2000, announced his intention to retire in August of last year.

Our take it that they really need to shake things up if they are to thrive in a post-PC market. Elop has the mobile expertise but he’s probably not the best choice. Unfortunately, from Microsoft have been on self destruct for the last several years – the Office Ribbon and Windows 8 are hard to forgive.

So what do you think? Is Ballmer leaving Microsoft on his terms, or is he being forced out? And who do you think is going to be the new CEO? Will Microsoft turn things around, or are we witnessing the decline of one of the biggest corporate giants ever?

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