X-bit Labs notes Ladbrokes, the largest retail bookmaker in the world, has published its official ods in the race to become the new CEO of Microsoft once Steve Ballmer retires within the next 12 months. The top candidate is Stephen Elop, who is currently the CEO of Nokia, while other top picks include Kevin Turner (Microsoft's COO) and Steve Sinofsky (former head of Windows division, left Microsoft in November 2012).
Ladbrokes, the largest betting company in the UK and the largest retail bookmaker in the world, has published its official odds in the race to run the world’s largest software development. The top three favourites are Stephen Elop (at 5/1), Stephen Turner (6/1) and Steve Sinofsky (8/1), reports Cnet News. All three are either current (like Stephen Turner, who is COO of Microsoft) or former employees of Microsoft.
Microsoft’s next chief executive needs to finalize ongoing transitions, e.g., focus on creating a family of devices, services and programs for individuals and businesses. Jon Peddie, the head of Jon Peddie Research, believes that Microsoft does not necessarily require a new visionary – like Bill Gates – on the role of chief executive officer, but rather needs a business executive who will recognize potentially profitable products and technologies at the early stages of development and will not hold the company back.