> Microsoft partnership that allows them to read Office documents on their phones.
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.