Elop played the Game of Thrones and lost
If Elop, Nokia and Microsoft were to be a mythology ... it will go this way.
Son goes on a on an expedition to conquer and defeat a smaller kingdom . He succeeds but instead of growing and naturing his newly defeated kingdom for himself, he brings it home to his father's fold in the hope that his father will make him his heir. But his father doesn't think he will be fit for the throne , so he picks his other sibling instead...
Thanks to everyone who made sure Elop didn't become CEO. I hope Nadella gets rid of him once the transition of Nokia's DS team is completed ( they'll need him for that ) , it's dangerous having such corporate political animals sticking around.