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Friday, Sep 27
Microsoft ticks higher following Mulally report; app stores reportedly merging
- Though Nasdaq futures are lower, Microsoft (MSFT) is up 0.6% premarket following Kara Swisher's report about Ford's Alan Mulally now heading the software giant's list of potential Steve Ballmer replacements.
- In an update to her original report, Swisher adds that in addition to Mulally and Stephen Elop, Skype chief Tony Bates is a top CEO candidate, and Paul Maritz, head of EMC and VMware's (VMW) Pivotal spinoff (and formerly VMware's CEO), has been contacted. Also, Bill Gates (on the special committee) is said to be spending more time at Microsoft lately.
- Separately, The Verge reports OS chief Terry Myerson wants to combine Microsoft's Windows and Windows Phone app stores following OS updates due in Spring 2014. He didn't disclose whether apps written for one platform would work on the other.
- Ballmer held his last annual employee meeting yesterday, bidding co-workers a tearful farewell.