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Elop Favored By Gamblers As Microsoft's Next Chief Executive 196

PolygamousRanchKid writes "A gambling website's favorite as Microsoft Corp.'s next chief executive officer is Stephen Elop, the Nokia CEO who has presided over a 62 percent decline in market value. Elop, a former Microsoft executive, has 5-to-1 odds to be hired as Steve Ballmer's replacement, according to Ladbrokes, the U.K.-based gambling operator. He leads a pool including internal candidates Kevin Turner and Julie Larson-Green and outsiders like Apple CEO Tim Cook — a 100-to-1 dark horse."
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Elop Favored By Gamblers As Microsoft's Next Chief Executive

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  • by charnov ( 183495 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @08:38AM (#44705365) Homepage Journal

    Kevin Turner, Lisa Brummel, and Amy Hood are all despised within Microsoft... they are Ballmer yes-people and Lisa Brummel is directly responsible for destroying any shred of productive culture there. They all need to go.

    The employees want Satya Nadella or maybe Tony Bates... although many say it has to come from the outside... Sinofsky ;-)

    http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2013/08/steve-ballmer-is-going-to-frickin.html [blogspot.com]

  • Re:Name game (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MickyTheIdiot ( 1032226 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @08:40AM (#44705373) Homepage Journal

    How are CEOs judged. Honestly.. I don't know. It seems to an outsider like me that names come up again and again even after they slam corporations to the ground.

    Carly Fiorina came up as a candidate. Why? Everything she touches turns to shit and H.P. barely survived her.

    There is a cult of personality around these people that need to be broken up.

  • by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @08:40AM (#44705379)

    Ballmer left the company in shambles in terms of their standing and momentum in the industry. Whoever takes over is going to have to be very aggressive and will probably run head long into antitrust issues if they are too serious about rebuilding Microsoft's standing and momentum. What Microsoft needs at this point:

    1. Release Windows 8.2 with the start menu fully restored, Metro apps able to run on the desktop mode and Metro only a primary UI option on touch screen PCs unless the user configures otherwise (either way should still be an option).
    2. Release Windows RT 2 tablet in $200 and $300 32gb and 64gb options with full Microsoft Office. Microsoft needs to just flood the market with low cost, Kindle-like Windows tablets that'll run any traditional Windows app recompiled for ARM (another restriction that needs to go from Windows 8).
    3. Attack the living room not just with the XBox One, but alternatives to protocols like AirPlay that are open, documented and patent-free for other vendors to implement. Microsoft can isolate Apple even more by returning to its roots of being of one of the most open big vendors in the industry.

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @08:48AM (#44705423)

    What the employees want does not matter even a little.

    The current management put Ballmer in charge, they are going to select another Ballmer not someone who will change their culture.

  • by richlv ( 778496 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @08:50AM (#44705441)

    if elop goes, does nokia hire back whole jolla team and we get great phones with open os finally ?

  • by CRCulver ( 715279 ) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Thursday August 29, 2013 @09:11AM (#44705611) Homepage

    we get great phones with open os finally ?

    Jolla won't be an open OS. The UI layer they've made for Sailfish is closed source.

    I used to be enthusiastic about Jolla, but it seems that Ubuntu Phone has stolen much of its thunder, and among the idealistic users who want everything to be open the Neo-900 project is gaining buzz.

  • Re:Name game (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rtb61 ( 674572 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @10:03AM (#44706037) Homepage

    A company that is stagnating basically needs to start a square 1 and re inject that creativity. It was always said that Paul Allen would have taken M$ in other directions to Bill Gates and Paul Allen was the real creative person behind M$, just got squeezed out by the hostility of Ballmer and Gates combined. So get Paul back in to set new directions for the two parts of the company M$ Office/Windows and MSN/gaming. They can leave Ballmer at M$ Office/Windows to squeeze the life out of it.

  • Re:Probably not (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Urkki ( 668283 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @10:53AM (#44706549)

    No, coming back as Microsoft CEO was the deal he was given when he was sent to Nokia to destroy all its value.

    Considering how its value is up like 100% from the bottom, and likely to keep slowly creeping upwards along with WP market share in the short term at least, then if Elop's mission was to drive the value to the ground only, it failed.

    But don't worry, there's plenty of room for conspiracies still. Elop's mission could have been to install WP as a 3rd ecosystem as quickly as possible, no matter the cost (to Nokia's shareholders), and accepting a big risk of total failure (of Nokia as a company) and continuing irrelevancy of Windows in mobile space. The way Symbian was murdered certainly fits this theory.

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