Microsoft close to naming new CEO -

As software king of the world Microsoft is close to naming its new CEO, Ford Motor chief, Alan Mulally has indicated it will not be him.

Mulally, who has never denied his interest in the Microsoft job, told Associated Press on Tuesday that he will remain at Ford at least this year. This means that Mulally is no longer under consideration for the top job at Vole.

The Ford CEO said he wanted to end the Microsoft speculation because he had no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford.

Mulally was considered a front-runner for the Microsoft post, which was to replace the shy and soon to be retiring Steve Ballmer.

Another reported top candidate, Qualcomm Steve Mollenkopf has also indicated he had something better to do and was probably washing his hair.

This leaves Vole with a "handful" of candidates, including one or more outsiders from the tech industry, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and insiders Satya Nadella and Tony Bates.

Mulally was being championed by some important investors who will no doubt be disappointed that he was not selected. But Reuters claimed that might have backfired. Board members were not happy about Mulally's candidacy and raised questions about "culture and leadership style".

It might have been that they did not see Mulally able to turn Microsoft around, in the same way that you can't really get a Ford Mustang to turn around.

At the moment the TechEye bookie still thinks that Stephen Elop is the favourite to get the top job.