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Nokia CEO talks about his firm's "special" relationship with Microsoft

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When Microsoft produced a video for its Windows Phone 8 models, the end of the clip showed a device that was supposed to be Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's personal phone. You would think that Microsoft's CEO would have a Nokia Lumia 920 considering the deal between Nokia and Microsoft that put Microsoft's mobile OS on Nokia phones in the first place. Instead, the device puportedly belonging to the Microsoft executive was the HTC 8X. Which begs the question, what exactly is the relationship between Microsoft and Nokia?

There is a special relationship between Nokia and Microsoft

There is a special relationship between Nokia and Microsoft

Wednesday, Nokia CEO Stephen Ellop spoke in front of the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms conference and said that there would be no change in the "special" relationship between the two companies even though Microsoft has gone into the tablet manufacturing business and has partnerships with some of Nokia's rivals. Talking about Nokia and Microsoft, Ellop chided them by pointing out that the other Windows Phone 8 manufacturers like HTC and Samsung are "...not sitting in the priority meetings that we're sitting in."

Even though Ellop apparently feels special because of those meetings with Microsoft, and he says that nothing will change their relationship, what happens when Redmond goes from partner to rival with a Microsoft Surface smartphone? Such a device has allegedly been in the works at Microsoft and is said to be locked away on the Redmond campus. There is always the chance that Microsoft will acquire Nokia and then we will see how special the relationship is. Rumors of such a hook up popped up once again this past June when speculation arose that Microsoft had seriously considered purchasing Nokia before rejecting the idea.

source: Reuters

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posted on 14 Nov 2012, 21:01 3

1. VJo003 (Posts: 332; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Nokia - A case study on what evolution does to the non-evolving

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 22:08 12

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


Is this the powerful and proud Nokia?

- When MS betrayed Nokia by ditching WP7 Elop praised MS

- When MS late to introduce WP8 Elop praised MS

- When MS slapped Nokia in the face by allowing HTC to use WP8 name for HTC phones Elop licked Ballmer's hand

- When MS admitted WP8 was a incomplete product Elop touts "special relationship".

I know Nokia receives handout from MS every year, but still where has your spine gone Mr. Elop?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:11 2

11. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Elop is an idiot that ran the business down what it is today. If I were him, I would of resigned long ago.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:19 1

15. -box- (Posts: 3823; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


correct term is "would have", just FYI

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 21:17 13

2. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


He seems to care more about microsoft than Nokia.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 22:57 4

7. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


in the first place... he work for microsoft! so that make sense!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 21:48 6

3. BattleBrat (Posts: 1102; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Yes..... Special..... that's the word I'd use to describe Ellop. LOL

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 22:26 2

5. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I really don't see how this came about, in any case, I thought about getting the lumia 920 but now that microsoft is being an ass to nokia I think I'm going to wait and see what Jolla has to offer, I liked meego better than windows anyways :P but seriously, what a messed up move from microsoft's part towards nokia; could nokia even become any more humiliated??? now something that will really make us all upset is if apple acquires nokia instead of microsoft.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 22:26 2

6. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


this special relation drop nokia from first position world wide to 11th .............

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 23:08 4

8. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


microsoft considers them as "Frenemies" nokia should too!!

Elop, dont be so stupid! i know you work for microsoft before, but now you work for nokia! and your concerns should be on nokia!! how you will bring it to top again! ang how to differenciate with other WP out there!!

its really annoying that you are giving the nokia maps for WP... and now as an app for iOS android and firefox OS!!!

which put me to a question.. will nokia support firefox OS? is it their plan B? coz why they announce that the nokia or HERE maps will be available to Firefox even though its not out yet?!

your differentiation is your pureview and in a whole your most amazing hardware and your maps and your drive app!! so dont implement it to WP too much! i know its greedy! but atleast it will make people buy your lumia only instead of others, even if microsoft will make a surface phone! coz you hold what is the best!

and dont kill symbian!! make symbian as the OS for low end! instead of s40!!! coz your new asha phones isnt working! coz people likes symbian! and asha is underpowered for its price!!! there's actually a very cheap dual core android out their running ICS! and thats below $100!!! so just please listen to your real fans!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 00:58

17. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


and oh,,, i forgot! if microsoft will betray nokia (as what i see ballmer already betrayed nokia, as his WP is HTC 8X) nokia should not involve itself again with WP making!

WP8 became a great OS and very competitive OS to android and iOS coz of nokia's involvement! they help microsoft building the OS!! so microsoft should credit nokia to that!! they could at least favor nokia more!

and nokia boost WP sales! they shouldn't forget that! both samsung and HTC isnt confident with WP, thats why they make greatest and biggest android all the time!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 23:41 5

9. -box- (Posts: 3823; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


*cough* Elop, not Ellop *cough*

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 02:43 1

13. i_hate_my_life (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


:D haha

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 23:43 3

10. Johnnokia (Posts: 528; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I just want to know one thing,
Are Nokia's shareholders idiots to this extent to accept Stephan Elop's leadership to the bottom of the hell ??
He behaves so clearly against Nokia.
Like even the 6 years old child could realize that Elop's goal is destroying Nokia.
OMG ,,, I knew that Finnish people are smart. But I feel I was totally wrong.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:57 2

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Oh he must have meant his own special relationship with M$. One of the most effective malaware that M$ planted on any system :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 02:46 2

14. i_hate_my_life (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


why u all bitchin'? i still thinks adopting WP was a good one. Look at the Lumia 920.

PA doesnt even dare to compare it with their beloved iPhone 5, coz the Lumia 920 is far more innovative.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 14:05

16. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 820; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Acquire them, don't acquire them. Nokia is one of the fines cell phone makers ever. Incredible craftsmanship and showmanship. Build quality sets the industry standard and recent acquisitions and R&D has allowed for it to be feature rich!

A volatile market and absent minded execution (recently, pre-Microsoft) may have affected sales, but IMO they are on the right path with WP. If you are a true Nokia fan AND have some knowledge of market mechanics, you would understand why it had to be WP (rather than other platforms).

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