Who Will Succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO?

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Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Industries' Anurag Rana reports on Microsoft's search for a new CEO. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)


Are we expecting any updates on that from microsoft today?

They have said they want to fill the position by the end of the year.

I don't think they're going to announce anything.

If they have not announced anything after the close, i don't think there will be anything on the call about it.

What can you tell us about potential candidates?

We have heard names like the ford ceo, even sheryl sandberg of facebook.

It looks like there is a lot of discussion about elon being the frontrunner at this point.

But i do not know how sensible it is to bring someone who is 68 years old to a technology company.

It is anybody's game at this point.

It is possible it might be someone who is in line with steve ballmer's strategy right now, to go all in with the consumer side as well as the enterprise side.

But it is a very tough call.

It could be anyone.

What are you looking for in the numbers today?

On the consumer side, the one thing we will be focusing on is the traction that it is getting in the marketplace at this point.

There was all of this hoopla about the software not being there or the price being too much.

They have launched a new upgrade and the price has been cut down.

We will see what the market share the software is getting out there.

On the consumer side, we also want to find out how the consumer pc cycle is doing.

On the enterprise side, the cloud revenue, the money they will generate there will be one of the most important things focused on.

Speaking of the mobile push, microsoft and nokia unveiled tablet earlier this week at the same time apple was unveiling its ipad.

And the piper jaffray analyst told us nobody cares about microsoft's new mobile devices.

How big a challenge will it be for them to become a third player in the mobile market?

That is the biggest bet that steve ballmer is betting at this point.

You readily mention they are the third player in the market with a very small market share.

But you have to remember they have a huge presence in enterprises around the world.

These enterprises are not going to be buying a lot more pcs to to three years from now, but they might be buying tablets.

One of the things you have to think about is the customer has applications that are built -- for a lot of these companies, they are built on windows.

It is not that the service is not going to do well.

There's a strong possibility that it might do well in the enterprise division.

Thank you for joining us.

We will be all over microsoft

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