Microsoft Should Hire Vestberg, Dump Nokia

Hans Vestberg's presence on the short list opens up the possibility of a decisive break with Ballmer's costly and risky strategy of trying to win on the consumer market, now dominated by the company's rivals such as Google and Apple. A more corporate-oriented Microsoft could perform better for its shareholders, as a corporate-oriented Ericsson has done.

Ericsson chief executive Hans Vestberg is an intriguing candidate for the top job at Microsoft: His actions and strategic beliefs so far have been almost the exact opposite of the outgoing Redmond CEO's.

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