Who Should Replace Steve Ballmer At Microsoft? Top 5 Candidates

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Now that Steve Ballmer has decided to step down as CEO at Microsoft, there's a lot of speculation about who will take his job and lead Microsoft into an era dominated by tablets, mobile devices and digital accessories like Google Glass.

The search committee at Microsoft has several options from inside their company as well dozens from the rest of the tech world. And there choice will be made based on the following factors.

Who Should Replace Steve Ballmer At Microsoft? Top 5 Candidates

1) It helps if the candidate is experienced in a wide range of fields, basically cross-unit knowledge. So we're talking about everything from software to devices to cloud platforms, plus a wide assortment of Microsoft products.

2) Next, the candidate should fit Microsoft's vision for the future. The company is trying to move beyond software and become a "successful devices and services company."

Based on these assumptions, Gizbot has complied a list of candidates who might just be perfect for the top job.

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On of the more popular candidates at Microsoft, Nadella has worked on a range of business units at the company. At the moment, he is president of the Server and Tools Business. Previously senior VP of R&D for the Online Services Division (Bing, MSN and advertising) and has also led Microsoft's Business Solutions (Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM). There has even been a lot of talk about Ballmer wanting to position Nadella as his successor. After Thursday's reshuffle, we will see Nadella doing more at Microsoft, including building data center infrastructure to house computing networks.

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Considered as one of the most logical candidates at Microsoft, Larson-Green has been at the company for two decades. At the moment she's been entrusted with hardware platforms like Xbox and the Surface tablets. She was also picked to fill the void when Sinofsky left and there aren't too many people in the company with her knowledge of the business. So yes, she would be a practical choice for the top job, but not the best.

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He hopped on to the Microsoft bus when the company acquired Skype back in 2011 and headed the Skype division as its president. After the recent re-organization, Bates has been handed some more power as head of head of business development and evangelism for Microsoft. What's interesting about Bates is that he was GM at Commercial and Small Business group, a Cisco enterprise. The variety of his experience makes an ideal candidate for the top job.

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Easily one of the strongest candidates form outside Microsoft, Hurd has many things going for him, but mainly a proven track record at HP where he revived the struggling company and even made its Compaq acquisition work. Microsoft needs to become a devices company, right? Well, then Hurd has proven his prowess in that arena as well, not only at HP, but even at NCR. Apart form this, he has garnered respect form the entire industry, making him a solid choice for the top job. And those sexual harassment acquisitions were cleared at HP later on, leaving him with a clean chit.

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Until he left abruptly last year, Steven Sinofsky was considered to be next in line for the position of CEO at Microsoft. However, even though there were no clear cut reason provided, word has it that he did not get along with the rest of the top-brass at the company. Why is he on the list? Well, he was the man who is remembered for saving Windows and also for turning the Office suite into one of Microsoft's most profitable business. More over, all said and done, the man is on Bill Gate's good books.

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