From Nokia Chief To Bill Gates, Guessing Game Begins On New Microsoft CEO

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As Steve Ballmer bows out of Microsoft Corp, the guessing game over who will replace him has started with a British bookmaker putting Nokia's Stephen Elop as the favorite. Ladbrokes opened up betting on successors for Ballmer, who will depart within the next year, with Elop topping a list of 26 candidates with odds of 5-to-1. Microsoft confirmed that it has finished its work on Windows 8.1, the first significant update to the operating system since it was released last year.The revised software, which will be available for download and on new machines on Oct. 18, is designed to address some criticisms of Windows 8. Microsoft might soon announce that the Xbox One will beat the PlayStation 4 out the door. Microsoft might decide to launch the XBox One on November 8, gaming site Kotaku reported.The move would allow the Xbox One to sit on store shelves for one week before Sony launches its PlayStation 4 on November 15.

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