Microsoft director praises Xbox One launch, says new CEO won't be named until 2014

John Thompson calls out recent launch as example of Microsoft pushing its business forward, says selection process for new CEO expected to be complete next year.

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As part of a blog post today, Microsoft board of directors member John Thompson talked up the Xbox One's recent global launch, saying its release is an example of Microsoft pushing its business forward. Speaking about Microsoft's employees, Thompson said the board appreciates their "continued focus and commitment."

"Microsoft has continued to drive hard," he said. "Our employees produced strong quarterly results, announced in October. They released new versions of Windows, our Surface products, and many other offerings. And the launch of Xbox One was experienced around the world."

Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November and has sold more than 2 million systems so far.

Also in the blog post, Thompson addressed the ongoing search for a replacement for Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, saying the selection process is expected to be complete in early 2014.

When Ballmer announced his retirement in August 2013, he said he would retire from Microsoft within 12 months. Microsoft has had only two CEOS in its 38-year history: Bill Gates and Ballmer.

A past report suggested Microsoft would name a successor to Ballmer by the end of 2013.

Explaining the search process, Thompson said after defining criteria for a replacement, the company searched across across many different industries and skill sets.

Over 100 possible candidates were identified, and Microsoft spoke with "several dozen," before narrowing its focus on a group of 20 individuals, all of whom are "extremely impressive in their own right," Thompson said.

Microsoft has not spoken publicly about any candidates that it may be considering, but the rumor mill has churned out numerous individuals. These include Ford CEO Alan Mulally, described as the frontrunner; as well as Microsoft enterprise head Satya Nadella.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who joined Microsoft in September when the company purchased the handset maker's mobile business for $7.2 billion, is also considered a top candidate. If he gets the job, he will reportedly consider selling the Xbox business.

Discussion

62 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

With all this praise on Xbox One launch, I wonder if the next CEO will consider selling off the Xbox division. Sure, this praise is to be expected when any new product launches and when the launch period (or sales number honeymoon) is over, people might think differently. I don't think Xbox eloping would be good for the industry, but profitability comes first.

wexorian
wexorian

Breaking News: microsoft director uses toilet paper !!!!!

andredaboy
andredaboy

I would just like to say in defense of Microsoft...that sony released a similar article yesterday talking about the success of their launch and how the ps4 differs from the xbox one

Pupchu
Pupchu

In other news: Myself praises Pupchu for posting on GameSpot.

Pupchu
Pupchu

A company director who praises his own product..? How unique...

frylock1987
frylock1987

Of course you are going to praise it....its your fucking product and thats your fucking job, praising your product no matter how shitty it is.

Why the fuck is this considered news?

deliman
deliman

Seems like the only people who praise Microsoft's products are people who work for Microsoft.

thomasn7
thomasn7

It was a very good launch. Lets hope they hire someone who can relate to players.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

2 million X1s sold guarantees Elop won't be chosen.

Demanufactur3
Demanufactur3

Right i've said it before and i'll say it again...

It would be very nice if they actually released the damn thing over here...

Hope we don't end up like the nordic territories (Love you guys but seriously, september 2014... auch)

Also still waiting for the ps4 actually... but thats thanks to a shipping error... 3 times ><
(This is not a happy month for me)

cancelthis
cancelthis

atleast someones praising its launch

xyz54321
xyz54321

It'll be news when xbox one and ps4 actually have games to play.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Breaking News: Microsoft Exec brushes his teeth sources say.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

great now make an xbox one without those stupid touch buttons

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Seriously.. whatever happened to gaming news. Every time someone at Microsoft wipes their ass, somebody is writing an article about it here. They should change the name to MicrosoftSpot. I have nothing against Microsoft... but I don't need to know every damn thing they do. This isn't twitter.

Darknight765
Darknight765

This coming from one of the jackasses that said they needed to sell the Xbox division.  Sit the fuck down and shut up.

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

Ah - not until 2014! So much for my plans to get a big end of year bonus!! ;)))

pszone
pszone

Soz I only pushing there business forward is Sony PS4 .

pharoe777
pharoe777

Really enjoying my X1, well done Microsoft ! :)

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Hire me MS and I'll help you milk these gamers dried so hard were all swimming in Cash Money. I know how to milk'em and we got morons supporting MS they are just slave for us to used and toss to the fishes. EasyComeEasyGo for CEO!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@GrenadeLauncherXbox One hater/Adam Jensen: I never asked for this.

2 million others sure wanted and did ask for this.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@doggiezillaNon-breaking news: You cared enough to say that you don't give a fuck on a Microsoft article.

blackace
blackace

@deliman Someone's blind. That's like saying the only ones who praise Apple products is apple workers. lol!!

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

@dmdavenport Elop's going to be the head of the devices division anyway. He's going to Nokia Xbox. I can't wait! :D

blackace
blackace

@dmdavenport CEO Stephen Elop has already been removed from be a contender. Not sure why GS even had him in the news.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@maniacalpoet OHHHH hey mister high IQ guy

Hurvl
Hurvl

@blackace@delimanAnd the only ones who liked the Hobbit are dwarves. It still made over 1 billion dollars, so I guess people like bad movies, like they've always done - Transformers 3 made 1,1 billion dollars and is the 6th most successful movie ever.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@blackace@dmdavenport


Funny how this guy is still calling Elop is a "top candidate" when clearly, if he bothered to keep up with current trends, that is not the case at all.

Ereheru
Ereheru

@instigator81@Xx_DemonSoul_xXActually, there is...Konami is having "Skullgirls" delisted from the PSN today, and Xbox Live next week due to a legal dispute with the developer.


I think that a digital only game being delisted from digital stores so that you can no longer access something you paid for, and the crippling of it's online capability is news, don't you?

Riddick123
Riddick123

@maniacalpoet @xxmavr1kxx Post one of those awesome comments with all the calculations and sciences you have mastered.  We know your IQ is above average, he just hasn't caught on yet.