Stephen Elop, ex-CEO of Nokia, is on the rumored shortlist for becoming Microsoft’s CEO, alongside other names, which we mentioned yesterday. According to a recent Bloomberg report quoting anonymous people claiming knowledge of Elop’s plans, if he made it to the CEO chair, he’d focus on making the Office suite available for phones and tablets running Android and iOS. He’d give up, according to the same report, on the Microsoft direction and perception that Office has to be used to drive people to the Windows Phone platform (and Windows for computers).
An Office suite for iOS has already been rumored to arrive in Q4 2013/Q1 2014. As a CEO of Nokia, Elop proved that he didn’t have a problem making a shift from in-house software when the Microsoft-Nokia strategic move was announced; as an effect, Windows Phone was adopted on Nokia smartphones in the detriment of Symbian.
Elop would also reportedly consider selling divisions like Xbox, if “they weren’t critical to the company’s strategy”, in addition to killing Bing.