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Microsoft CEO announcement may be sooner than expected

The selection of a CEO to take over Microsoft may come sooner than expected, according to re/code.

The company has been seeking a replacement for Steve Ballmer since he announced in August his plan to retire. An earlier report said the announcement was not expected to come before February. Now, chatter says it could come before the end of January.

By Kara Swisher, recode.net.

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