Peter Burrows and Dina Bass, reporting for Bloomberg:
Stephen Elop, a candidate to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft
Corp.’s chief executive officer, would consider breaking with
decades of tradition by focusing the company’s strategy around
making the popular Office software programs like Word, Excel and
PowerPoint available on a broad variety of smartphones and
tablets, including those made by Apple Inc. and Google Inc., said
three people with knowledge of his thinking.
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. Most of Microsoft’s software has been tied to running on
Whether that’s actually a good plan for Microsoft, I don’t find all that interesting. What I do find interesting is how Bloomberg landed this story. Either (a) this is Elop’s way of tacitly leaking his “Here’s how I would run the company if I get the CEO job” plan publicly, or (b) three of Elop’s confidants have betrayed his trust. I’m going to go with (a). Not sure why he’d do that, though. If I were on Microsoft’s board, trying to decide on Ballmer’s successor, I’d look unkindly upon a candidate who leaked like this.
Doug Dawson, a spokesman for Nokia, declined to comment or to
grant an interview with Elop.
“We appreciate Bloomberg’s foray into fiction and look forward to
future episodes,” said Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft.
I really do enjoy Frank Shaw.
★ Friday, 8 November 2013