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FORD'S chief executive has rejected rumours that he will quit the car manufacturer to become boss of Microsoft.

"I'd like to end the speculation as I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford," Alan Mulally (right) said.

Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker, which has its European HQ in Dublin, has been seeking a new CEO since Steve Ballmer announced in August that he would be leaving his position.

While Mr Mulally ruled himself out of the running, some had raised concerns about the 68-year-old's age and his lack of experience in the technology and software sectors.

Other candidates in the mix for Microsoft's top job include the company's cloud computing chief Satya Nadella and its executive vice-president Tony Bates, as well as the former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.