Industry analysts have urged Microsoft to choose someone not connected to the company, in large part because they believe only an outsider can sufficiently shake up the firm.
According to Reuters, although the board has narrowed the go-to list, it may be several more months before it appoints a new CEO.
Microsoft remains extremely profitable, with revenue in the quarter ending Sept. 30 of $18.5 billion, up 16% from the same period in 2012. Net income of $5.2 billion was up about 17%.
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