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Today's Tech: Microsoft shortlists 5 potential CEOs and Samsung sets 2016 deadline for foldable screens

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by Alysia Judge
, 06 Nov 2013News
Today's Tech: Microsoft shortlists 5 potential CEOs and Samsung sets 2016 deadline for foldable screens

Microsoft has taken a huge leap forward in the hunt to replace Steve Ballmer. Sources report that five names of both internal and external candidates are currently etched into the shortlist. Two of the biggest names heading up the bunch are reportedly Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO and Alan Mulally, the President of Ford. Other big names said to be floating in the mix are Skype CEO Tony Bates and head of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise, Satya Nadella. Mulally is currently a firm favourite due to his experience in “turnarounds”, but Ford spokesman Jay Cooney dismissed reports with a firm “we do not engage in speculation.”

Meanwhile,  Google Glass and other similar smart-spectacled technology will become a common feature of certain industry workplaces within three to five years, according to research from Gartner. The predictions state that smart glasses could be a valuable tool in training and improving worker efficiency, which will help to save the service industry up to £621 million per year by 2017. Employees in other industries such as media, banking and insurance could also find gadgets such as Google Glass indispensable in alerting users with minute-by-minute information on their sector.

The future’s looking similarly innovative over at Samsung, who have set a 2016 deadline for developing foldable screen technology. They announced the news at their Analyst Day in Korea, stating that they hope to have developed bendy screens by next year, and foldable displays by New Year of 2016. They will come up against more than a few roadblocks along the way though, not least of which being that to make bendy screens, you have to make bendy batteries, frames and processor chips too. The news follows last month’s release of the Samsung Galaxy round, a smartphone with a curved – but resolutely inflexible – screen.

“Apple is being out-innovated by Android”, according to CSC: Leading Edge Forum researcher Simon Wardley speaking at an Alfresco Summit keynote which our correspondent James Laird attended in Barcelona. During the talk, Wardley aired his opinions on a range of key enterprise issues, including the nature of technological and economic change within organisations. Apple, he argued, has fallen prey to the dangers of inertia, whereby companies become comfortable with the format of past business models and “rarely see the flood of change that’s coming”.

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