He’s got exactly the right track recordIt has recently emerged that at least three unnamed (activist) shareholders in Microsoft are pressing for Microsoft to rid itself of its co-founder and chairman – one Bill Gates.
The thinking behind these actions are pretty clear. Microsoft has lost its way and needs a radical shake-up. With Gates still in the picture, anyone who takes over the hot seat from Steve Balmer is going to feel more than a tad intimidated by Gates’ continuing presence at the Redmond based supplier. So they want Gates to leave the door along with Balmer. Now who could the company appoint as its new captain? We think that Stephen Elop is ideal for the job. He’s got the b*lls (nerve) for the job.
Whoever takes over the helm at Microsoft has got to push it in radical new directions. Throwing away years of tradition (and firing people, probably).
Well, that’s exactly what Elop did at Nokia. Dumped Symbian and large chunks of the workforce as he steered it along a course to become a Windows Phone house.
No amount of criticism could sway Elop from his chosen course.
The next card up Elop’s sleeve is his knowledge of the mobile sector. The chief threats to Microsoft are all coming from the mobile sector – especially now that Google has Android.
So Elop knows the market. Better still he has intimate knowledge of Windows Phone 8 – which is Microsoft’s latest attempt to establish itself in mobile.
Plus Elop obviously has nerves of steel because even criticism from the Finnish government hasn’t swayed him. In keeping his massive payoff, that is.
Bizarrely, Elop might even encourage Microsoft to buy BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s secure online products are an ideal fit with Microsoft’s corporate software offerings.
And when he gets hold of BlackBerry, Elop can simply ditch BB10 and get the latest BlackBerry devices to run Windows Phone 8. WP8.
It might just happen.