6 Best Steve Ballmer Replacements

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Steve Sinofsky, Bill Gates, blah. Microsoft doesn’t need an old-guard insider taking over the reins as Steve Ballmer retires. It needs someone with the right mix of energy, experience and creativity to take the company in exciting new directions. At this very critical juncture, Microsoft requires a leader that can finally help it compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung, while keeping its Office and enterprise products humming along. Although dozens of names are floating around, these are the executives I would tap to get the job done.

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Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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