Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 16th Sep 2013 17:45 UTC
Windows PC Magazine reports that bookies at the Ladbrokes betting service give 1:4 odds that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be the next Microsoft CEO. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg comes in second place with 7:1 odds against, while Steven Sinofsky, previously head of the Windows division, comes in third at 12:1 odds against.

Without intending any disrespect, I can't imagine a worse choice for the next CEO than Mr. Elop. His blind fealty to Windows at Nokia cost the stock an 85% drop on his watch. Microsoft needs new directions and new ideas, not another Windows loyalist.
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RE: Honest question
by benali72 on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:30 UTC in reply to "Honest question"
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I think we care because the CEO decision will have a big impact on one of the biggest OS and software providers in the world.

His/her decisions will help determine --

* Whether we have a 3rd big software ecosystem for phones and what our choices for phones are
* Whether we suffer a continuing monopoly of OS/Office on the laptop/desktop
* How much we pay for tablets, based on how competitive Microsoft turns out to be in the space.

If you buy software or handhelds, decisions made by Microsoft's next CEO might well determine what your choices are and how much you pay.

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