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Nokia's Stephen Elop reportedly on the shortlist for Microsoft CEO

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Nokia's Stephen Elop reportedly on the shortlist for Microsoft CEO
It has only been a few days since Steve Ballmer announced that he would be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft one year from now. There has obviously been speculation as to who would replace Ballmer, but Microsoft doesn't have an officially known shortlist for the job. Of course, that doesn't mean that one name is getting far more attention than most: Nokia's Stephen Elop.

Not surprisingly, there are rumors that Elop is on Microsoft's shortlist to replace Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. Also on the shortlist are Skype manager Tony Bates and former CEO of VMware (and former Microsoft senior executive) Paul Maritz. The report surprisingly also lists Bill Gates for a possible comeback, but that seems pretty unlikely to us. 

Other sources have also put Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft's current head of the newly created Devices and Studios Engineering Group, as a name on that shortlist. Of course, with a year until Ballmer formally retires, there is plenty of time for rumors and more names to enter the race. 

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posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:32 8

1. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


You can tell Bill Gates won't come back. It's wishful thinking.

I'm sure the public/consumers would love for Elop to leave his post at Nokia. They really love hating on the guy!

But anyways it's 12 months... people sure can't hold in their excitement for speculation...

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:50 9

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


if elop leaves nokia then we will see nokia making android..........woohoo

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:06 17

10. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


No ! I will drop a bomb on Nokia if they would ever think about going Android, to much Android out there already, leave Nokia to Windows Phone, they were and will always be different ;-)

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:18 12

12. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


But then, why not both?

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:53

16. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


HATERS DETECTED!!
Who need your advice anyway?

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:27 13

14. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Noooo!!! We dont want amdroid, on a nokia phone... its like putting a honda motor, in a ferrari...it will olny lagg.. lol besides W8, is going to get better, within time. Imo

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:53

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 6037; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


No. it will just mean that you phone are abandon just like a Symbian phone when Elop came aboard Nokia.

There only one reason Nokia stick to Windows phone is because Microsoft pay Nokia one billion per year to make only Windows phone once that stop Nokia is free to choose again.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:55 6

17. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Comparing phone with car is a dumbiest statement EVER!!

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 21:32 4

21. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Haha... butthurt

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:56 5

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So your saying a company as great as Nokia is with hardware couldn't build a phone that doesn't lag? With most current flagships there is little to no lag, and the Moto X is a prime example of optimizing android for the hardware. If Nokia can't produce a lagless android phone, then they aren't the great company many male it out to be.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 22:00 2

22. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


And same logic goes to those who say they can't compete with Samsung for Android. Either Nokia can bring it or they can't. Personally, I'd like to see them do both OS' so more choices as consumers can be made.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 22:30 5

24. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


no one can ever make a lagless android phone, it;s just how it was made, why nokia doesn't use it...

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 22:47 3

28. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And that's due to your extensive use of android correct?

I'm not a fanboy of any particular OS, but it irks me when people parrot what they hear from other people. Yes, android does lag on non optimized, heavily skinned, and devices with mid-range hardware. Try something out like a Nexus or the X or the Newest Droids, all of which run android bone stock or very close to it. All reviews on the new Moto phones list them as being as lagless as iOS & WP devices. By that I mean that ANY OS can experience lag at one point or another, but they are bare minimum when optimized or skinless.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 23:41 4

32. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


you mad?

yes bro, android does lag, so bad...yes, i have tried to own and use android, but i'm not sure how anyone can use it extensively, when it lags so much....unless you're really a fanboy that you will have the patience to go all through that hassle....

i'm not sure why you're so defensive that you have to go all through that...but really, android does lag...and it's not just at "one point or another"(why do fanboys always use this lame line), android does lag...BIG TIME...it just the way it was made......

you may put all those big words here into writing, but everybody just knows....android lags....bottomline...

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 09:02

47. RobotMan (Posts: 145; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


See review at PA between Moto X and Nokia 1020. Moto x is smoother.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 04:30

40. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


People also need to remember to clean out all their junk files, cache and browsing/search histories.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 00:48 3

34. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


It is not about how great Nokia is or how fantastic the hardware is. The whole problem is with how Android manages its tasks. The problem is inherent with Android and has nothing to do with H/W manufacturors or custom overlays or number of applications.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:31 1

43. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


yes they can't build something without lag.
my 5800 xm lag
my n8 lag
my c6-01 also lag
my sony m600
my sony p1i
my ipad 2nd gen and ipod touch lag too
same with my fascinate
and optimus vu p985
whatever the names of the manufactures all have LAG.
lumia 1020 also lag in many review videos.
there are no superiority in smartphone world, only needs and features not the BRAND name on it.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:39

44. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It's not a hardware issue. It's the fact that android by its very nature is going to run roughly and need a lot of high-end hardware to create a seemingly-smooth experience, due to the fact it runs on the Java Virtual Machine. The device is pretty much running two systems at once, the JVM and then the interaction OS on top of it. I would not be surprised if google releases a 5.0 version of their mobile OS that would be a mobile iteration of their Chrome OS, just so it could run leaner and be more efficient. Not even sure they'd call it android, or maybe they'd call it Android Chrome?

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 22:44

26. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Probably the opposite, actually. As CEO he would want prior investments to bear fruit, so would likely continue or raise financial distribution to Nokia.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 02:50 2

38. SIGPRO (Posts: 1528; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Nokia + android hell no, will never buy a Nokia again. I dont need that crappy laggy os! They better use Sailfish if this will be the case.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 21:06

19. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


yeah he's doing lots of good with his charity.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:36

2. papss (unregistered)


I mean why wouldn't he be on the short list? Of course he is.. Tony Bates would be a great pick.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:39 13

3. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Leave Elop @ Nokia! He is doing a great job! Pic Joe Belfiore for CEO of Microsoft, Balmer is slowing Windows Phone down, Belfiore would speed it up ;-)

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:42 1

4. papss (unregistered)


I have to agree tbh

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:42 1

5. kanagadeepan (Posts: 945; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


M$ has a chance if Bill Gates returns back, else nothing much imho...

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:47

6. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Like seriously?? After what he did at nokia?? If this realy happens, am giving microsoft 2 years[maybe 3 max]

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 22:47 4

27. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


You mean turning it around and having WP overtake blackberry as third largest OS? Sounds like he is the head of a great team that's going great things with more to follow.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:59 3

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


With ELOP -- Windows P will be a "Burning Platform"

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:03 6

9. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Kindly send Elop back where he came from. May be then only Nokia will come back to Meego.

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