I agree, flawless execution. One product after another delivered on time at Nokia. Very rare for that kind of performance from a CEO beaten up daily by the anal..yst's. He headed a winning team with the hardware division. Apple wish's he doesn't land the top spot at MS. If Elop is in, then I will start adding to my MS position on each dip.
Very odd the way the smear campaign against Elop mirrors the smear campaign against Elop. Someone is trying very hard to keep them both down. Elop like Nokia has played this very well. Elop and Nokia are now battle tested. There are parts / persons in Microsoft that are fearful that Elop with cut the fat and their gravy train. I look forward to a Microsoft run by Elop that works well with Nokia. Go, Nokia, go! Go, Microsoft, go! Go, Elop, go!
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Agreed...Balmer and Elop look very chummy in all the photo op's, but they took divergent gambles. Balmer bet on the in house team developing a tablet ending with a 2B write down and early retirement. Elop left and initiated a turn around at Nokia leading to a major acquisition by MS. This guy is a winner and I'll bet Mr Gates puts his money on the Elop horse race.
You know whomever it might be will cut the fat big time. Elop would do it for sure, with his track record of Nokia. If I were a Microsoft employee, I would worry. They will probably spinoff parts of the company and cut the fat. Ballmer has gotten away with it so long, because the company has made money, not so much for the shareholders, and he was living off his repetition from the good ole days of MSFT, that he didn't need to really cut jobs and hurt old friends. But this is a new world and his way wasn't working and they soon will lose money. So now he can take his billions and do whatever he wants, which is a good thing for MSFT.
I hope it's him. I feel he would want to show nokia he's not the b--a--s-t---a----r-d they think he is. I know this isn't rational thought for business. But, I feel he knows nokia and definately would know how he could help and yes make ammends in some way. I hope he is motivated to do so.