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Stephen Elop to join Nokia as President and CEO
Posted Sep 13, 2010 20:39 UTC (Mon) by rvfh (subscriber, #31018)
I think Nokia will have to go on the Linux way, one way or another.
Posted Sep 13, 2010 23:20 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Posted Sep 14, 2010 13:29 UTC (Tue) by emk (guest, #1128)
Note that this should be taken with a grain of saltit's been filtered through both a newspaper reporter and my limited command of French. But I wouldn't rule out a big strategic shift to Windows 7 Mobile, either.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 14:50 UTC (Tue) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
Posted Sep 14, 2010 18:07 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Well that is actually a big deal for a phone. The ability to edit office documents is a killer for businesses and businesses are a huge consumer of smartphones. But I would not read much into the wankerings of executives in press releases. To them everything is wonderful, all products are ground breaking, and all partnerships are invaluable!
But who knows what they really think.
Like this Stephen Elop. How loyal to Microsoft do you think he is? How attached to Windows Mobile is he? It's really a very personal choice for a executive like that. Maybe he felt that Windows Phone 7 design is shit and wanted to break away from his old company to prove that he could do a better job if he was put in charge? That is just as likely as him hoping to eliminate Symbian and Meego in favor of Windows Phone 7 phones.
Maybe after breaking away from Microsoft because of Balmer refusing to stand down the last thing he would want to see is all the profits of his new company draining away into the pockets of his old nemesis.
We will just have to wait and see.
If this is any indication:
They just hired a ex-Palm executive, Peter Skillman, who was responsible for much of the design of the palm pre phone. He is going to head up Meego 'user experience'.
It certainly looks like Nokia is not aiming to abandon Meego any time soon.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 18:20 UTC (Tue) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185)
Posted Sep 16, 2010 16:50 UTC (Thu) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625)
Posted Sep 17, 2010 10:42 UTC (Fri) by spaetz (subscriber, #32870)
If you mean by that "old enough to actually have a job", I'd agree.
No changing horses in midstream
Posted Sep 14, 2010 5:28 UTC (Tue) by eru (subscriber, #2753)
Eh??? Outside of the USA, Nokia still has a very hefty chunk of the smartphone market. Symbian is globally still the most widely used smartphone OS, despite all the iPhone and Android hype (and even Gartner thinks it will have a 39% share in 2012). But I agree it would be extremely stupid for Nokia to switch OS'es to a totally different one now. Even if Elop tried, I doubt he would succeed, there is too much we-do-it-our-way culture at Nokia for that to happen. He would have to fire all the engineers...
Posted Sep 14, 2010 11:52 UTC (Tue) by anandrajan (subscriber, #146)
Didn't a top Microsoft exec go to Vmware (EMC)? These things happen all the time and we shouldn't read too much into them. IMHO, Intel and Nokia have too much invested in Meego to switch horses midstream. But, Nokia - being a hardware company - is capable of making Windows Mobile 7 phones, Meego phones and even Android phones for that matter - like Samsung and HTC. Whether it is in their interests to do so is another matter altogether.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 12:38 UTC (Tue) by nhippi (subscriber, #34640)
Stephen was only very short time at Microsoft and not related to MS mobile side at all. If anything he'll bring more Flash from his eight year CEO seat at Macromedia...
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