Microsoft has narrowed down its search for a new CEO to four known candidates, according to a report from Reuters.
Former Skype CTO Tony Bates and Microsoft's Satya Nadella are in the running, alongside Nokia's Stephen Elop and Ford's Alan Mulally.
Bates is now responsible for Microsoft's business development and Nadella has been running the company's cloud and enterprise business.
Current CEO Steve Ballmer has said he will retire within the next 12 months. He is overseeing the search for a successor, which has apparently been whittled down from a list of 40 candidates.
Microsoft reported record first quarter sales last month of $18.53 billion, with profit of $5.24 billion.