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Microsoft's Ballmer: 'Maybe I'm an emblem of an old era'

11/17, 8:30am

Ballmer admits he may be holding the company back

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal this week that his occupation of the top spot at the software giant may in fact be holding Microsoft back from a fuller move into the new computing paradigm. The Microsoft chief expressed his love for the company that he helped build and has helmed since Bill Gates stepped down as CEO, but he admitted that it was time for a new leader to step in. "Maybe I'm an emblem of an old era," Ballmer said, "and I have to move on."

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Stephen Elop remains on cropped Microsoft CEO replacement shortlist

11/06, 11:43am

Eight candidates believed to remain in contention for top Microsoft role

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is now even closer to becoming the next chief executive of Microsoft, after the software producer narrowed its external candidate list to approximately five people, according to a report. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Oracle president Mark Hurd are said to still be in the running alongside Elop, with the list severely cut down from the initial 40 names.

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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to get $25M for Microsoft buyout

09/19, 2:36pm

Compensation package rewards finalized sale

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop is reportedly set to receive 18.8 million euros (~$25.5 million USD) if Microsoft completes its buyout of the Finnish company's phone business. The severance package will be primarily funded by Microsoft, though Nokia has committed to contributing 30 percent of the total.

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Nokia's Elop ducks Lumia 928 questions, throws iPhone

03/23, 7:13pm

Nokia chief stays noncommittal on premium Lumia model

Nokia chief Stephen Elop wanted to talk about the company's new low-cost Lumia handsets, but he wound up tossing about competitor devices and dodging questions about premium Lumia models. Appearing on commercial TV station MTV3 in Finland, Elop encountered persistent questioning from Hjallis Harkimo, the show's host. Harkimo wanted to know when a rumored premium Lumia model the Lumia 928 would be coming out, and he wouldn't take no for an answer.

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