Elop has been one of the bookies’ favorites to replace Ballmer since Microsoft’s enigmatic leader announced his retirement plans earlier this month.
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Following Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, Ballmer said in an interview with the Seattle Times: “Stephen will go from external [candidate] to internal. The board will continue [to look at] all appropriate candidates through that process.”
Similar comments were given to Joshua Topolsky at The Verge, although in both reports there’s arguably a little bit of wriggle room as to whether or not Elop has indeed been confirmed as a candidate.
Regardless, Ballmer emphasized to both journalists that Elop is just one senior figure being considered for the iconic post.
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