(The Hosting News) – Current Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced his retirement from Microsoft earlier this year. Ford CEO, Alan Mulally, and former Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, are among the top contenders to replace Ballmer.
Recent reports suggest that if Elop is named CEO, drastic changes could be in store for the company.
As reported in Bloomberg, Elop’s strategy is to focus on sales of Office by making the software available on smartphones and tablets such as iPads, iPhones, and Androids. Sources told the publication that Elop would “consider ending Microsoft’s costly effort to take on Google with its Bing search engine, and would also consider selling healthy businesses such as the Xbox game console if he determined they weren’t critical to the company’s strategy.”
Elop’s strategic ideas come from his experience at Nokia as well as being a former Microsoft executive where he was the head of the company’s Office division.
Analysts have suggested that the sale of Xbox and Bing could raise 2015’s fiscal earnings by 40%.