在微软打算以因诺基亚成名的史蒂芬·埃洛普（Stephen Elop）取代史蒂夫·鲍尔默担任CEO的同时，有传言称福特CEO艾伦·穆拉利（Alan Mulally）也会是竞争者之一，两位候选人都有极高的人气。据路透社消息，该公司已经将其外部候选人名单缩小到大约5人。三名内部候选人也仍在考量之中，其中之一是前Skype管理人托尼·贝茨（TonyBates）。虽然候选人数量已经缩减，但仍有外部消息指出可能仍需要几个月才能选出下一任CEO。考虑到鲍尔默很乐意在微软再逗留一阵，所以别期望大权在一夜之间易主。
While it"s known that StephenElop ofNokia fame is being eyed by Microsoft to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, andrumored that Ford CEO AlanMulally isalso a contender, it appears that both candidates are gaining steam. Accordingto Reuterssources familiar with the matter, the companyhas narrowed its list of external candidates down to roughly five people, and thepair have made the cut. It"s also said that a trio of internal folks are beingconsidered, one of which is former Skype head honcho Tony Bates. Although thepool of hopefuls has been pared down, the outlet"s sources note that choosingthat next chief could still take a few months. Considering Ballmer is happy to hangaround Redmond for a while, don"texpect the regime change to happen overnight.