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    Microsoft fires Elop

    Stephen Elop leaving Microsoft as company shifts focus
    Reuters via Globe and Mail, June 17

    Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, is one of four high-level executives leaving Microsoft Corp. as the company sharpens its focus on software services and the cloud, chief executive Satya Nadella announced on Wednesday.

    The departure of Mr. Elop, whose Devices group will be rolled into Microsoft’s Windows unit, signals a shift of emphasis away from hardware and back to Microsoft’s core business.

    Many analysts expect Microsoft to write off all or part of the $7.2-billion (U.S.) it paid for Nokia Corp.’s handset unit last year, a deal that left Microsoft with a money-losing business and only 3 per cent of the smartphone market.

    “This as another indicator the Nokia acquisition was a $7-billion head-scratcher deal that remains an overhang for Microsoft,” said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. “Nadella inherited this headache, now he is trying to make the best of a bad acquisition.”

    The purchase of Nokia’s handset business was the last major decision by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and was never popular with investors.

    The deal brought Mr. Elop, once considered a successor to Mr. Ballmer, back to Microsoft to run an enlarged Devices unit. He had worked at Microsoft from 2008 to 2010, running the company’s Office unit.

    Mr. Elop’s latest tenure at Microsoft was marked by an unsuccessful struggle to popularize Windows phones. He was widely mocked for insensitivity last year after he sent an e-mail to colleagues that began with a cheery “Hello there” and then announced 12,500 layoffs in the 11th paragraph.

    “Stephen and I have agreed that now is the right time for him to retire from Microsoft,” Mr. Nadella wrote to Microsoft employees in an email. Mr. Elop made no comment.

    The group Mr. Elop oversaw will become part of the renamed Windows and Devices Group to be headed by operating systems chief Terry Myerson. Mr. Nadella said it would focus on “enabling more personal computing experiences powered by the Windows ecosystem.”

    Microsoft is set to launch Windows 10 on July 29, the first operating system designed to run across PCs, tablets and phones...

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    Tomi Ahonen's eulogy
    Elop Fired From Job at Head of Microsoft Handsets

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