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Microsoft Board Said to Consider Mulally in Early Search

Microsoft Corp. directors have discussed chief executive officer candidates including Ford Motor Co.’s Alan Mulally as they look for a successor to Steve Ballmer, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Directors have also floated the names of other candidates including former Nokia Oyj CEO Stephen Elop, who will join Microsoft when its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit closes; Microsoft business development and evangelism chief Tony Bates; and former Microsoft No. 3 executive Paul Maritz, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is confidential.