Facebook's meteoric success can be largely traced back to Sandberg. She brought the management experience that Mark Zuckerberg, the company's twentysomething founder, lacked. They work as a team. But at some point, she may want to lead a company on her own. Sandberg would bring considerable buzz to Microsoft. The question is whether her skills in the Internet realm are applicable to selling software, servers, and video game consoles.
Investors cheered news that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire, but there is no obvious successor in line.