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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This Was The Plan...
by jello on Mon 16th Sep 2013 19:30 UTC
jello
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2006-08-08

Mr. E. I invited you today to join me "incognito" at the "Redmond Coffee Shack" because I have a proposal for you. What about you leave MS and join Nokia as their CEO and drive Nokia's stock into the ground. One year before Nokia's projected collapse MS will buy Nokia for cheap and in the meantime I will prepare my retirement, so you can take my place at MS. In order for it to work we would have to stick to the proposed timetable but I think it's doable without waking up the FEDs. What do you think?

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RE: This Was The Plan...
by woegjiub on Mon 16th Sep 2013 23:31 in reply to "This Was The Plan..."
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Lovely idea, except that microsoft wanted windows phone to succeed.

Driving the largest vendor into the ground is almost the opposite of success - kills the reputation of their product, and they make little money from sales.

Elop was there simply to make Nokia into the best possible mobile windows vendor.

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RE[2]: This Was The Plan...
by Fergy on Thu 19th Sep 2013 18:35 in reply to "RE: This Was The Plan..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Lovely idea, except that microsoft wanted windows phone to succeed.

Driving the largest vendor into the ground is almost the opposite of success - kills the reputation of their product, and they make little money from sales.

Elop was there simply to make Nokia into the best possible mobile windows vendor.

The original plan was of course to succeed with Nokia without investing in hardware. That failed and nobody wants to pick up the torch. So plan B is buy a company.

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