In Pictures: Top 6 Microsoft insider CEO candidates

There are at least six internal candidates to replace retiring Steve Ballmer

OK this one isn’t internal – YET. Microsoft today said it would acquire Nokia's Devices & Services business, which includes the smartphone and mobile phones businesses. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who in 2010 was the Microsoft exec in charge of its Business Division, will be coming back to Microsoft and lead an expanded devices team. Here Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (R) introduce new Nokia phones with Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system at an event in New York, from 2012.

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