Slayer or saviour? Stephen Elop’s risky bid to lead Microsoft

On paper, 49-year-old former Nokia CEO and Windows Office executive Stephen Elop fits the bill to lead Microsoft. But the jury is still out on whether he played a key role in the demise of Nokia.

When a British bookmaker installed Stephen Elop as favourite to take over the soon-to-be-vacant CEO slot at Microsoft Corp last week, most tech observers laughed it off as a publicity stunt.

But Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business, announced late on Monday, has suddenly made Elop one of the most visible candidates for the top spot at the company where he once worked.

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