“Microsoft Corp.’s board placed Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner on a three-person list of internal candidates to replace departing Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, said a person with knowledge of the process,” Dina Bass, Peter Burrows and Aaron Ricadela report for Bloomberg.

“The other two internal candidates are business development and evangelism chief Tony Bates and Satya Nadella, who oversees the company’s cloud and enterprise business, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the search is confidential,” Bass, Burrows and Ricadela report. “Microsoft’s board also spoke with other senior leaders, including Qi Lu, who oversees Bing and Office, and operating systems chief Terry Myerson, before narrowing the internal list, said two people.”

Bass, Burrows and Ricadela report, “The board continues to refine its broader list of candidates and there isn’t a final shortlist, said people with knowledge of the process. External candidates such as Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia Oyj CEO Stephen Elop are still interviewing with the board’s search committee, said the people.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Kevin TurnerOh, Jobs, if we can’t have Flop to kick around, please, please please let them pick Turner. In fact, vice versa: Turner would be an excellent replacement for Ballmer when it comes to saying stupid things and liking whatever Ballmeresque “strategy” he dreams up, and liking it a lot. Microsoft making Kevin Turner CEO would be perfect: Ballmer II: For As Long As It Takes.

So, yes, please, now that’s he’s on the list, please let it be Turner. Flop is now demoted to our second choice, just like he was for beleaguered Nokia.

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