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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by Nelson on Mon 16th Sep 2013 21:59 UTC
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Not so sold on the idea it will be Elop, if it is it wouldn't be bad. He's got experience running Microsoft's Business Unit and experience running Nokia (at the right time too -- Nokia's devices division was just acquired). He also understands the importance of ecosystem and mobile to Microsoft's future.

Elop is very eloquent, I've never seen the guy lose his cool, ever. I'm confident with the resources of Microsoft he'd be able to make a huge difference. He did great things for transitioning Office to subscription model which shows a great deal of forethought and awareness. It wasn't so obvious in 2010 that its where things were going.

But: I don't think he's the best pick. My favorite is Satya Nadella. What he's done for Azure is nothing short of remarkable. Azure went from zero to hero under his watch.

If he can bring that back from the dead, he can do anything.

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