"Four months have passed since Microsoft's (MSFT) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announced his plans to retire. While the company's plan was to hire someone by December of last year, the deadline has now been extended to summer 2014.
"One reason Microsoft is experiencing difficulty stems from boardroom dynamics. The new CEO will have to work with Microsoft's founder Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer himself-who was pressured to step down, because the board considered his strategy for growth too slow-and activist investors, like G. Mason Morfit, the President of ValueAct, who are also pushing Microsoft to progress more rapidly.
"In addition to working with a formidable pair of Gates and Ballmer--who hold eight percent of Microsoft's stock, and who could curtail decision-making freedom--the new CEO is taking on a business, which has made limited progress in the growing markets of smartphones and tablets.
The author apparently thinks highly of Hans Vestberg of Ericsson. He says nothing about the factors that matter to me about Ericsson, so perhaps I can feel secure that Microsoft will not mess with them.