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ballmeroddsIn the rare case that you and your tech buddies were placing bets on who will become Microsoft’s next CEO, here’s some advice that may help you with your pick.

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Will Stephen Elop take over as the next Microsoft CEO? The bookies think so.

Believe it or not, the blokes at U.K.-based gambling site Ladbrokes are placing odds on who will take over for Steve BallmerNokia CEO and former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop leads the way with 5-to-1 odds of leading the Redmond software giant. 

Next is Microsoft COO Kevin Turner at 6-to-1, with former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky and devices and studios VP Julie Larson-Green just behind at 8-to-1.

Other notables: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (16-to-1), Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (33-to-1), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (40-to-1) and T-Mobile CEO John Legere (40-to-1). Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is listed at 50-to-1, while Apple CEO Tim Cook is at 100-to-1 — hey, anything is possible, right?

Last week, GeekWire’s Todd Bishop offered some good thoughts on who the next CEO will be. Whoever it is, he or she may want to take note of these ten recommendations

Hat tip to Chris Matyszcyk at CNET 

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