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

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. 



1. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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...

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

10. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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 ;-)

12. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

But then, why not both?

16. ihatesmartphone unregistered

HATERS DETECTED!! Who need your advice anyway?

14. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

17. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Comparing phone with car is a dumbiest statement EVER!!

21. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha... butthurt

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

22. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

24. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

32. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 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 just the way it was made...... you may put all those big words here into writing, but everybody just lags....bottomline...

47. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

34. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 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.

43. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

44. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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?

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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.

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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 ;-)

4. papss unregistered

I have to agree tbh

5. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

6. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

9. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

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

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It would be nice to see Nokia making MeeGo powered handsets again, together with Windows Phone .....

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