6 Things Microsoft's Next CEO Should Do

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Moments after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced he would be retiring within 12 months, the company's stock shot up 8 percent. That probably didn't make the extremely animated and passionate tech leader too excited, but there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about Microsoft's future. The company still has the leading PC operating system, the most popular and profitable productivity suite in Office and the No. 1 selling gaming console in the Xbox 360, with the Xbox One on the way. Microsoft also happens to be sitting on $77 billion in cash. Still, Ballmer missed the mobile boat, getting blindsided by both the iPhone and the iPad, and there are serious questions about whether Microsoft is doing enough with Windows 8.1 to save the PC.

Here are five things Microsoft's next CEO needs to do to make the company thrive during the next decade.


Author Bio
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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