1. Microsoft's CEO Search Saga
Microsoft shocked the world in August by revealing that Steve Ballmer (pictured) would step down as CEO after 33 years with the company. Until recently, Ford CEO Alan Mulally looked like the frontrunner, and he still might be, but Microsoft's board could also end up picking an internal candidate, or someone who hasn't been linked to the search at all.
After four months of searching, it appears Microsoft is having trouble finding someone who not only meets its requirements but also actually wants the job.
When the world's biggest software company, which has had just two CEOs in its 38-year history, is looking for a new one, it's the sort of thing that attracts attention from a large chunk of the world's population. Microsoft says it won't make its decision until early 2014. Talk about starting the year with a bang!