Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is currently one of the leading candidates to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft, is reportedly open to the possibility of broadening distribution of the company’s Office Suite to platforms such as iOS and Android should be named to the position according to a report from Bloomberg. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:
Elop would probably move away from Microsoft’s strategy of using these programs to drive demand for its flagship Windows operating system on personal computers and mobile devices, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the 49-year-old executive hasn’t finalized or publicly discussed his analysis of the business
For those of you who didn’t know, Elop spent roughly three years heading up Microsoft’s Business Division, which is responsible for Office before it was announced in September 2010 that he would be leaving the company to lead Nokia. Elop stepped down as the CEO of Nokia alongside the September announcement that Microsoft would be acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services Division. He is now scheduled to take charge of a new Microsoft division focused on devices such as the Surface and Xbox, but is said to be under strong consideration to be named CEO.
Elop is said to reportedly be open to other major changes as well if he were to take charge of Microsoft, including selling off the Xbox division or shutting down the Bing search engine services. The Microsoft spokesman, Frank Shaw, bluntly responded to Bloomberg’s request for a comment by stating the following:
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