Ballmer became the chief executive officer of Microsoft when Bill Gates stepped down from day-to-day management in January 2000. Since then, the exuberant Microsoft CEO has struggled to keep the world’s biggest software maker relevant in the age of Apple. The company unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet computer—Surface—in June 2012.
Microsoft Corp.’s board is working toward having the successor to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer in place by the end of this year and is winnowing a list of candidates, said people with knowledge of the discussions.
Ford Motor Co. directors gathering this week in Dearborn, Michigan, are likely to discuss future plans by Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, who is being considered for the top job at Microsoft Corp., according to a person familiar with the board’s thinking.
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer received $1.26 million in compensation for the 2013 fiscal year, missing out on more than half of his potential bonus as the company struggles in mobile devices.
Microsoft Corp. is talking to HTC Corp. about adding its Windows operating system to HTC’s Android-based smartphones at little or no cost, people with knowledge of the matter said, evidence of the software maker’s struggle to gain ground in the mobile market.
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.
Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally remains committed to the company and its future regardless of reports that he might leave for Microsoft Corp., said Mark Fields, the automaker’s No. 2 executive.