Monitoring MSFT: Mulally Out, Search Turns Inward; Windows XP Countdown
Microsoft’s (MSFT) CEO search shows no signs of coming close to completion, but one of the candidates has taken himself out of the race. Meanwhile, the countdown continues towards end of life for Windows XP. Here’s a look at news this week out of Microsoft.
First, Ford CEO Alan Mulally has taken himself out of the running to head up Microsoft. Windows IT Pro reports that the automaker executive is out and the search is now focusing on internal candidates for the top job at the software giant. The report follows on one from the Wall Street Journal last weekend about the complexity of hiring a CEO when the founder and most recent CEO both remain on the board of directors. Great insights here.
Meanwhile, in Windows XP land, the countdown continues with the April deadline looming. Reports say that the XP installed base has dipped below 30 percent for the first time, while comments on this same story speculate that the numbers are much higher still. Meanwhile, if you have customers with XP machines still in place, you need to be worrying how you will secure those after the deadline. Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP is sharing the same dead date with the OS it supports, according to this report.
So what about your customers. Have you moved everyone off of Windows XP? Or do some stubborn stragglers remain? Let us know in the comments below.