Microsoft plays it safe with Nadella

After a bruising, five-month selection process to find its CEO Microsoft has decided against rocking the boat.

The race to determine the next head of Microsoft Corp looks to have ended where it began, with the software giant poised to take the route of least risk and tap rising internal star Satya Nadella for the job.

After a bruising, five-month selection process, the list of contenders was cut to six serious candidates, with the chief executive job nearly going to Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally, an outsider favoured by investors lobbying for radical change.

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