The Search for the Next Microsoft CEO May Turn Inward

Less julie larson greenthan a year ago, much of the world hadn’t heard of Julie Larson-Green.

Today, plenty of people are talking about her.

As the search for a new CEO at Microsoft continues, most eyes are focused outside the company. But those who are looking internally have Larson-Green on their radar. The person some insiders view as Steve Ballmer’s “heir apparent” has spent 20 years building a strong and respected presence within the company. Not bad for someone who was told “no thanks” the first time she applied at the company.

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Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs’ Pre-CES Keynote Speech Brings Out Fast Processors, Big Bird

Qualcomm 2680819-del-toro-qualcomm-ces-2013-617pxbrought the stars out at its first pre-CES keynote speech.

CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs is only the third person to kick off the show (Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have done it every other year). And, perhaps realizing the pressure, he opted to punch up his discussion of the mobile generation with appearances by over a half dozen celebrities from the movie, music, sports and political worlds.

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Celebs boost Qualcomm’s CES first keynote

Qualcomm qualcommCEO Dr. Paul Jacobs faced a big challenge when he accepted the opening keynote position at CES this year. To date, only two people had taken the stage — Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

So Jacobs brought an eclectic group of bold-faced names to help him out, including Big Bird, helmer Guillermo del Toro, “Star Trek Into Darkness'” Alice Eve, NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski, Maroon 5, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a move meant to serve as a ceremonial passing of the torch.

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Microsoft makes its final CES keynote speech

When Microsoft announced plans to stop giving the keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company implied the reason was because it didn’t have a lot to say. And it certainly backed that up Monday night.

At times entertaining, at times baffling and at times a bit dry, Microsoft’s final appearance at CES was more notable because of the finality attached to it than what was said on stage.

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