Microsoft’s new CEO will have tougher road than Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Microsoft is in the market for a new CEO within the next year and while running a technology leader may be appealing the new captain may have a tougher time than outgoing chief

Steve Ballmer.

On Friday, Microsoft surprised the tech industry by announcing that Ballmer was going to retire in a planned transition. Ballmer was a lightning rod, but the real shock was that he was stepping down—especially as Microsoft just set itself up to be a services and devices company.

We have a short list of potential Ballmer successors and you can nitpick over Microsoft’s product choices all you want. But here’s the reality: Microsoft’s job isn’t getting any easier. The tech giant is sprawling and it’s unclear whether it can compete with Google, Apple and Amazon—three companies with more focused businesses.

Secure: ZDNET

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