Not long ago, Steve Ballmer,the current CEO of Microsoft, announced that he will retire in the next 12 months. This would put an end to a great 13 year long throne as the CEO of Microsoft. Microsoft was literally on an accelerator of progress in this period, hence this was a surprise exit. Windows developed at an exponential rate right from Windows XP to Windows 8. The success of Windows as a smartphone OS is quite appreciable, but still a long way to go. The new Windows 8 was an adaptation to make Windows a more touch friendly interface, hence perfectly suited for tablets. Presently, Nokia dominates the Windows Phone market with its Lumia series.
Steve Ballmer’s gonna retire, who’s next in line? Well, there are a lot of deserving candidates to hold the title. First being Tony Bates, the Executive Vice president of Microsoft, the brain behind Business Development, Strategy and evangelism sector, was previously heading the Skype division of Microsoft. Another being Satya Nadella, who is the Executive vice president of the Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Coincidentally, Satya Nadella is also an Alumnus of Manipal Institute of Technology, studied in the EEE department, would be a proud moment for Indians indeed.
Other external possibilities include Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, compressing the Finnish phone company to solely Windows Phone, good-bye Symbian. So far, it’s been pretty successful, but still miles to go. Last but not the least is Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, who served Microsoft for 5 years.
Only time will tell whether Microsoft will have a successful reboot. As of now, there is no obvious successor.