Ford's Mulally could be out of the running for Microsoft CEO spot

Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally will stay at the automaker through 2014, according to Ford board member Edsel Ford II, who reiterated the company's timetable. Mulally had said he loves working at Ford and wants to stay, and the announcement could mean that Mulally is now out of consideration to take the CEO spot at Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) once CEO Steve Ballmer steps down. Ballmer said in August he would retire from the company within the next 12 months. Mulally has been floated as a potential successor to Ballmer, along with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) executive Stephen Elop, who was formerly with Microsoft, as well as Oracle President Mark Hurd. Internal Microsoft candidates reportedly include Tony Bates, who previously was CEO of Skype. Article