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Microsoft Reportedly Considering Google’s Sundar Pichai for CEO Position

Microsoft’s search for a CEO just got a lot more interesting. Though it was widely reported yesterday that longtime executive Satya Nadella was a likely shoe-in for the position, a report from Silicon Angle claims that Google’s own Sundar Pichai is now the preferred candidate.

Though Sundar Pichai currently holds a high-ranking job within Google as Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps, this isn’t the first time he’s considering switching companies. In 2011, Google reportedly paid Pichai tens of millions of dollars to keep him from moving to Twitter.

The move would put Google in a tight spot; Pichai became head of Android less than a year ago, and has been “a force driving Android integration across the company.” Still, the deal is far from done, and for that we can only be thankful.

Via: Silicon Angle
  • jolt.ball

    Not happening. Satya Nadella is the new CEO for MS.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Actually Sundar Pichai MUST move to M$ and do what Stephen Fl0p has dont to N0kia… I mean sell M$ to Google for dirt cheap…

  • Gunga Din

    Oh yeah that will help, putting another Indian in control. Didn’t work so well for Moto and many other companies. Indians do not make good Executives. They tend to hire other Indians which tends to screw things up because as in the software industry everything the Indians touch goes to hell.

  • CasperTFG

    Larry Page: Sundar, take the Microsoft position.
    Sundar Picha: Wha… I’m hearing you right?
    Larry Page: Hell, we’ll pay you another 10 million to do it.
    Sundar Pichai: Okay you’re making me wet, what you getting at?
    Larry Page: Rockstar Consortium. And bros get wet?
    Sundar Pichai: During gender reassignment, yeah.
    Larry Page: Get in. File a motion to dismiss the lawsuit with the Eastern Texas district court. Get out.
    Sundar Pichai: The 10 million?
    Larry Page: Half now the balance when you come back. Oh and tank their stock.
    Sundar Pichai: Ideas?
    Larry Page: Sign off on Windows phone with spell check.
    Sundar Pichai: But Apple would sue Microsoft.
    Larry Page: See ya next year.

  • BigMixxx

    Remember, google is not just an advertising company anymore.

    Let’s say google offered him CASH and STOCK to stay, incentivizing him to make products successful. He is responsible for Chrome and Chrome OS.

    There may NOT be a big future there….However successful it is.

    Google stock price in 2011 was six hundred and some change. It’s doubled. AND about to split. If he is holding a ton of cash AND stock with a considerable split about to occur….THIS would be a good move for him.

    Young, full of energy and can possibly set the correct ton for their mobile platform, help to resurge the desktop business, push their cloud offerings, make their server products even more competitive (remember, this is MS, Apple is not the only company hoarding cash, and has more value than Google).

    IDK. He is won’t be in the running for a CEO’s spot at Google, So, I would say, it would be true ad would bring new eyes on MS’s future.

  • thankuallweek

    And he will eventually call for sale of the mobile phone unit.

  • Christopher Bement

    Did Sundar ever really contribute much to Android in the first place?

    • John Legere

      Nah he just sits around and enjoys free massages.

  • cooldoods

    If Pichai bites, so be it. It isn’t like his current product philosophies coincide with Microsoft’s. Switch from Chrome to IE? Android to Windows Phone? He can take the money and run if he wants but Google shouldn’t get into a bidding war for him.

  • ddevito

    Microsoft: “Hey Sundar, join our team, we make more money on Android then your current employer does”

  • NemaCystX

    It gives Microsoft an advantage to “silently” sabotage android by taking the android head away but again he also has experience working in the android field too so they could use that to beef up Windows Phone

  • Chris

    how about put a good old american at the job?

    • Jake

      I quit using android when sundar came on as head. He might use android to blow up a plane!

      • John Legere

        Way to be a racist. Get out of here.

      • Chris

        Now thats going to far….

        • Twit

          That sound you hear is Jake’s sarcasm screaming over you & John Legere’s heads. See, Jake was making fun of your idiotic xenophobia.

        • Jake


          You said the same thing your self.

    • ToddAwesome

      your shtick is getting old, even for a troll.

      • Chris

        You mad? or just disagree with people so you call them names?

        • ToddAwesome

          nope, just not a xenophobe. keep being you though. ‘Murica!

          • ktnx

            You do know other countries are even more exclusive of others not from their country right? How many Brits head up French companies, how many Japanese run Chinese companies? Is it zero?

            Shame on Chris for wanting to keep American companies in America.

          • ToddAwesome

            I’m very aware, and thank you for your comment, Glenn Beck.

          • ssama

            Sundar is an American, bro.. just because he is Indian by birth, doesn’t mean that he isn’t American

  • mcdonsco

    Well, if he could convince MS to put the start menu back as it belongs then it would immensely help Microsoft…Of course, they could just do that themselves and save themselves a lot of cash.

    • ick

      I have to wonder if this is the same guy that required Youtube account integration with Google Plus?

      Think about it, If it is MS is even in for a more world of hurt. Microsoft’s own social network: Microsoft Plus syncing with Windows 9/whatever the next OS is called, incessant pop ups requiring the user to go online and post their social status whenever they install a new Windows update. Ick.

      • mcdonsco

        Microsoft has a social network? Seriously…did not know that.

  • John Smith

    IMO – IF MSFT can get Sundar Pichai – they should get him! sure beats an internal candidate. MSFT needs a kick in the ass and a leader from the OUTSIDE. MSFT needs FRESH BLOOD and a fresh perspective.

  • John

    According to Bloomberg ( http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-30/microsoft-said-to-be-preparing-to-make-satya-nadella-ceo.html ), Satya Nadella is the current main candidate for MS’ CEO.

    • master94

      Let’s hope so. Google shouldnt let another executive go

      • Gunga Din

        Sure let;s hope so and watch Microsoft go down the drain and get sold to Oracle or something like that…

  • Orion

    Is this the apocalypse or what? What a week.

    • Adrynalyne

      That depends on if you think rumors are apocalyptic 😉

      Only 1 of the 3 bad events this week have been confirmed.

      • Orion

        Confirmed or not, its just bad news left and right. It’s only January lol.

  • hero

    he should go. then he could focus on making killer software and not have to worry about his company surrendering valuable company assets to appease the samsungs of the world. only asset ms surrenders is straight cash homie

    • hero

      downvotes cause it’s true

  • Fresh360

    Ok I posted this on G+ almost a year ago and I will share it here, I promise I am not crazy…I believe Google is sending out Trojan Horses throughout the tech world to protect Mountain View…Marissa Mayer is spreading the Google way at Yahoo in numerous interviews she states she will always be a Googler. Hugo Barra goes to the ‘Apple’ of the East and is preaching “No Evil” to one of the most rabid tech fanbases around. Dennis Woodside could have easily stayed at Google but now he will be an exec at the 3rd largest handset manufacturer in the world pushing the clean Android ethos. Now if this rumor holds true a company that makes more money licensing Android than their own mobile platform will be headed by the number one Android evangelist…It’s only crazy if it doesnt work…

    • Adrynalyne
      • Plazmic Flame

        I predicted Stephen Elop bringing down Nokia into the hands of Microsoft so I support this conspiracy theory! lol

        • Adrynalyne

          Nokia would have ended up that way with or without him.

          • Plazmic Flame

            Nokia was definitely on the way down but being bought by Microsoft would not have happened under someone else, especially if they were not from the West.

          • Adrynalyne

            Hard to predict on that one. There comes a point where you sell or die off.

            Something RIM is going to have to face at some point. Nokia’s leadership sneered at Android like Ballmer sneered at the iPhone.

            Microsoft luckily was more than a mobile OS developer.

          • Chris

            Balmer laughed at the iPhone because it doesn’t have a “keyboard” and yet many Windows Phones now are all touch… no “keyboards”

          • Adrynalyne

            The why isn’t as important as the actual action of him doing it.

  • enigmaco

    First lenovo now this damn what a bad week.

    • jeff manning

      Microsoft having a Google friendly CEO would not be a bad thing for Google. Isn’t Microsoft part of a coalition that’s suing google? Yea..

      • enigmaco

        Yeah and I read where they are thiking about allowing dual boot of Android on their phones. I see potential but it’s also Microsoft so I am weary.

  • BK

    Wow. Although we really don’t know what all the recent events mean yet, it has not been the easiest week to be an Android fan.

  • John Legere

    Silly Microsoft, all that Scroogle stuff and you want to hire him?

    • aBabyPenguin

      Haha I hadn’t thought about that! How ironic :p

      • michael arazan

        I hope part of his contract has a gag order like option that prevents him from speaking about what google’s future is, what they are working on, and such. Microsoft could do serious damage with that information.

        Kind of sad for Bill Gates as well, as chairman of the board he is being forced out of his own company, the same time they booted the ceo. He doesn’t even get a seat on the board from what it sounds like. I’d like to know how the hell they can Force Bill Gates out?

        • GungaDin Jim

          Doesn’t really matter, just having an Indian running the company will screw Microsoft even more than they have already done to themselves. Indians really do not make good executives because they are simply too arrogant. They don’t listen to others and have a history of totally screwing companies. Look what an Indian did to Motorola. They couldn’t even produce a decent phone until they got rid of that last Desi.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Meh, there’s a million like the guy that could fill his place. If he goes, oh well.

      • Kevin

        There’s 1 billion.

      • John Legere

        Would be ironic because Microsoft hates Chromebooks.

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    • Hawkins

      What does that have to do with anything?

  • Rand Paul 2016

    Cool ms needs help

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      • John Legere

        If she’s been without work, how’d she make money? Doh!

        • Hawkins

          Quit spamming.


          • John Legere

            Dumbass of the year goes to this guy ^

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

  • Watch Google make Pichai their CEO now 😛

    A la Qualcomm

  • Chewy789

    Just sell Google already.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Google will do to Microsoft, what Microsoft did to Nokia!

      The plot thickens….

      • AbbyZFresh

        Microsoft has far far more money and assets than Google has.

        • glimmerman76

          not more money more assets. Google is worth more but yes it would be a fight.

          • Adrynalyne

            MS has more money too. Not by much though.

          • Adrynalyne

            To the person(s) who downvoted me, would you care to disprove my comment?

          • John Legere

            Don’t question the cowards. They downvote because they are too scared to say anything.

    • Kevin

      You’re a dumbass.

      • Chewy789

        Marry me dumbass.