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Microsoft's CEO search may be done; H-P promotes Windows 7

  • Kara Swisher reports getting several calls from sources "insisting they heard it from major investors and other Wall Street sources" that Microsoft's (MSFT -0.4%) board has made its CEO choice, and would soon reveal it.
  • However, she adds sources from both inside and outside Microsoft think an announcement "would more likely be toward the end of this month at the earliest." A previous report suggested a decision wouldn't happen until February.
  • Swisher also reports Bill Gates is likely to remain "more active" within Microsoft following its CEO choice. That might not sit well with certain candidates.
  • Ericsson CEO Hans Vestburg was added to the list of rumored CEO candidates last week. Also: Amazon e-commerce tech platform chief Brian Valentine, who was in charge of Windows engineering at Microsoft before leaving in '06, is resigning from Amazon, and hasn't yet disclosed why.
  • Meanwhile, H-P (HPQ +0.1%) is once more selling Windows 7 PCs to consumers, and isn't shy about targeting users unhappy with Windows 8. "Windows 7--back by popular demand," reads one graphic on H-P's site.
  • Recent reports indicate Windows 9 (expected in April 2015) will feature the return of the Start menu, along with other major changes relative to Windows 8.
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  • SivBum
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    I set up the Windows 8 to have a front page line to my file manager menu that has short cuts to my freq apps and links. Love how fast Win-8 starts up after turned off completely and the power off/sleep functions are piece of cake after a couple of tries.
    21 Jan 2014, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    I can't imagine Brian Valentine is being considered for CEO as this summary is implying. His departure from Microsoft was in the shadow of Windows Vista. (Need I say more?)
    21 Jan 2014, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    This is all speculation!
    21 Jan 2014, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    I sent in a resume several years ago. Surprised it took so long...
    21 Jan 2014, 03:44 PM Reply Like
  • James Duade
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    Congrats Randal, I'm sure you'll hear back in a matter of days ;-)
    21 Jan 2014, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    http://bit.ly/1aHnmAE
    21 Jan 2014, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • Bouchart
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    Inconsequential rumors.
    21 Jan 2014, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Yay Windows 9, anything would be better than 8 which essentially killed the PC market.
    21 Jan 2014, 10:33 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    W8 did not kill the PC, smart phones and tablets did.

     

    W8 is an example of media assassination. Much like how MSNBC character assassinates political foes with effective lies and rumors.
    22 Jan 2014, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    Moon

     

    I know you don't like it and, frankly I skipped my free upgrade when I had the chance. But my one n' only has a Windows phone and the new 'puter had 8 - quickly hopped up to 8.1. There is still stuff she doesn't understand BUT we all deal with capacitive screens and swiping. This is only likely to increase, so I'm happy that Win 9 will be less scary but we will be nudged. Maybe not as hard, but moved to use our brains a bit. That ain't all bad, friends.
    21 Jan 2014, 11:47 PM Reply Like
  • alpine
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    When the truth is finally told, the most unpalatable aspect of Windows in any future form will be its migration to an annuity fee structure, while at its core, the product is an ancient legacy of a distant past, when so many new OSs are being offered for free, and all manner of devices are available making the Wintel platform, the long nesting home of Windows, all of a 'den' of rotten or dry twigs.
    22 Jan 2014, 12:21 AM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Nothing is free.
    22 Jan 2014, 12:48 AM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    Alpine

     

    There are so many new novels and short stories available FOR FREE! My wireless carrier has a ton of phones (though some are 'reconditioned') FOR FREE! These days, I don't even go to concerts anymore because the songs I like are all on YouTube FOR FREE!

     

    I'm guessing McDonald's will be the next to crack but my hope is it is Ruth's Chris... You would not even believe the variety of odd tattoos that some women gladly show off FOR FREE.

     

    To suggest that Excel and Word, Pagemaker and Publisher, and all the other fine productivity products that have been years in the refining and don't cost much to possess will soon be eclipsed by freeware is... well, it's ludicrous, but it is your opinion, which like all, is absolutely FREE!
    22 Jan 2014, 01:11 AM Reply Like
  • jobehro
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    The future belongs to the I-pad and it's clones. In time they and the "cloud" will do it all.
    But it won't be free! Agree?
    22 Jan 2014, 08:24 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    There is room of other things.
    22 Jan 2014, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    We will see how things change when tomorrow MS shows improvement in tablets and devices. The one thing at a time iPad will be pressured to do more.
    22 Jan 2014, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    iPads and their ilk lack a lot of crucial functionality and have nowhere near enough time to get it before Microsoft's tablet initiatives and Intel's power increasing efficiencies render them irrelevant.
    23 Jan 2014, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    I said what yesterday?

     

    Thank me later.
    23 Jan 2014, 07:55 PM Reply Like
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