Office to be universal across all devices not just Windows Phone, if Elop gets his way

It sounds like the start of a fun social game: If Stephen Elop were CEO of Microsoft for a day, what would he change? Only, it might actually happen, and it would certainly be for more than a day.

Bloomberg has reported - citing multiple unnamed people - that Elop, former chief executive officer of Nokia, has some big plans in mind, if he were to replace Steve Ballmer at Microsoft, who is set to retire in less than a year.

The first among those plans, it seems, would be making Microsoft's Office software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint available on competing devices and platforms from companies like Apple and Google.

Why would Elop do such a thing, you may ask? Bloomberg said Microsoft doesn't have a major role in the mobile space, and its reluctance to make Office universal on smartphones and tablets is only exasperating the issue and not helping the software's usage.

Read: Office for iPad confirmed by Ballmer, coming after touch version for Windows

Elop briefly served as head of Microsoft’s business division, which oversaw Office and other products, so it makes sense that he would push to make Office more accessible if he became CEO at Microsoft.

But that's not all. He'd also do some axing in order to focus, if he were to get the job. Specifically, he'd consider ending Microsoft's Bing search engine and selling the Xbox division. Yes, Bloomberg's sources think this could actually happen.

Just remember to take everything with a grain of salt. Elop isn't confirmed to take the top spot yet nor has he himself publicly admitted any of these alleged plans. It's all hearsay at this point - but still interesting nonetheless.



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