Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates is likely to be replaced having the possible contenders like Tony Bates or Stephen Elop or Satya Nadella.Nadella .Speculative measures now from all considerations weighs heavily in favour of Satya Nadella.Nadella( 46). Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype , Stephen Elop, former head of Nokia may be marched over as indicated by Recode, a tech news website, on Thursday afternoon, which said Nadella is considered to be the “likeliest internal candidate to prevail”. An announcement was expected next week, the website said. Bloomberg news service reported shortly after that Nadella had “emerged as one of the stronger candidates to replace” the departing CEO Steve Ballmer. The hunt was launched last August after Ballmer announced that he will step down in 12 months. The committee started with 100 named, among them were outsiders such as Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Qualcomm Inc CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Ericsson AB CEO Hans Vestberg. But they all dropped out. And the rest didn’t make it. Nadella was born in Hyderabad and studied electrical engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology and computer science and business administration in the US. His tech career started at internet software pioneer Sun Microsystems. He joined Microsoft in 1992 starting in the Windows Developer Relations group and quickly climbed the corporate ladder with leading roles in the Office and Bing search-engine teams. He was also a key member of several advanced technology incubation efforts at Microsoft, including interactive television and digital rights management.