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Microsoft Steve Ballmer announced that he is stepping down from his position as CEO — one that he has held for 13 years. The first question we all have is who will be his successor? Ballmer hasn't appeared to be preparing anyone specifically for the job so Mary Jo Foley has put this list together.
One of the names most prominently is current COO Kevin Turner. He was the frontrunner at one point but his stock his fallen recently.
Microsoft acquired Tony Bates along with its purchase of Skype. He's been running Skype and has moved up the ranks recently as the head of business development and evangelism. Mary Jo Foley says he's near the top.
Tami Reller is a 12-year veteran of Microsoft and is Executive VP of Marketing for the Windows team.