November 19, 2012

The Men Who Would Lead Microsoft

Woody Leonhard, InfoWorld


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Nobody knows why Microsoft's Windows chief Steven Sinofsky unexpectedly jumped ship last Monday, despite rampant but unverifiable rumors. But Sinofsky is simply the latest in a long line of potential CEOs who've left Microsoft, as CEO Steve Ballmer's controversial tenure continues with no heir apparent in sight -- and perhaps not desired. Still, those who've left Microsoft could be named Ballmer's successor at some point. Back in July 2009, Ballmer reorganized Microsoft and named five presidents: Sinofsky was president of the Windows and Windows Live division, Bob Muglia was president of Server and Tools, Qi Lu was president of Online Services, Stephen Elop was president of the Business division, and Robbie Bach was president of the Entertainment and Devices division. Three years...

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