The saga that is Microsoft's CEO search appears to be pushing Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud leader, as a front runner to succeed Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft won't comment on the reports.
Leading Microsoft is apparently the job that no one is jumping for. Microsoft has looked at its own execs such as executive vice president Tony Bates and Kevin Turner, operating chief. The company also apparently wooed Ford CEO Alan Mulally as well as Qualcomm CEO on deck Steve Mollenkopf.
The good news about naming Nadella CEO would be that he knows Microsoft's culture well. He also knows Microsoft's enterprise business and that unit is what carries the company despite the software giant's love affair with Xbox, Bing, Surface and now Nokia.
What's unclear about all of these CEO stories is what happens with Bill Gates. Gates' future involvement with Microsoft is likely to be a sticky issue with any new CEO. Bloomberg said Gates may step aside. In any case, who wants to run Microsoft looking over his or her shoulder to see what Gates thinks? Perhaps Nadella won't mind.