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Skype boss Tony Bates: Is this Microsoft’s next CEO?

There was lots of speculation a while back about the opportunity of Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft Home windows president, being positioned to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO sometime. As I mentioned at the time, it’s not clear if Sinofsky would even need the job.

However what about Tony Bates, the previous Skype CEO who now heads up the Microsoft Skype division following the acquisition of the corporate?

Kara Swisher of AllThingsD posed that question to Bates on stage today at D10 conference in California, and regardless that she had apparently let him know the query was coming, his response (or lack thereof) spoke volumes about his doable aspirations.

Right here’s their humorous trade.

Swisher: Do you need to run Microsoft in the present day? Would you be a candidate for operating it?

Bates: You understand, you probably did say you’d ask me that. Look, I’ve solely been at Microsoft seven months.

Swisher: You’re nearly a bit too charming, truthfully.

Bates: You imply to run Microsoft?

Swisher: Sure, certainly.

Bates: Thanks for saying I’m charming.

Swisher: No, for Microsoft, which is a low bar.

Bates: Look, the straightforward reply is I’m loving what I’m doing with Skype.

He went on to clarify that he had aspired to turn into a CEO earlier than he was 45, which got here true within the case of his Skype place.

See extra from Bates’ look within the highlights video above, together with feedback about Fb, Kinect, and an attention-grabbing statement in regards to the rise of ambient video, through which the connection is at all times on between members of a household in several places.

To a sure extent, any hypothesis about Microsoft’s next CEO is untimely. Ballmer has mentioned he’s planning to stick around until 2017 or 2018, when his final child goes to varsity.

If solely the Skype chief’s identify was Gil Bates, now that might be one thing.

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