Ex-Nokia chairman admits: "we were not successful in using Microsoft's OS"

An ex-Nokia chairman who was involved in the process of selecting the new Nokia chief executive officer in 2010 claims Stephen Elop wasn’t the company’s first choice…
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56. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

No it's not... nobody uses it except for artwork or for writing notes, which people usually use tablets or actual paper for anyway... #tryagain

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

He's correct...late to the party...

9. Champion

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Wp will not fail..

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

WP still has potential to pick up converting dumbphone and Blackberry users. I don't see them converting many iPhone or Android users though, which leaves them perpetually in third place.

13. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

WP is holding on because of Nokia, and little else. It's a fast and smooth OS but lacks some things that people look for in a UI. If MS can keep the Nokia reputation alive (if the merger is agreed on), they'll hang around and keep it going. If MS screws this up, they have big problems. Overhauling WinMobile into WP made sense because it helped unify their ecosystem across platforms. If the cell phone portion of the ecosystem never gets proper traction, fixing it this time will be a lot harder. Best thing going for MS at this point is deep pockets.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think branding will be more important than MS realizes. I would consider buying a Nokia due to their hardware quality and reputation, but I wouldn't buy a Microsoft phone, even if the hardware heritage is there.

28. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I would have gladly bought a Nokia phone if they had gone Android. If they could have made a phone like the X7 but running Android and hardware to match the OS, I'd be first in line. Even the Asha phones are well built. Nokia's styling and hardware have been outstanding, hopefully they keep that going despite whatever happens with MS.

62. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

i doubt they will, where ever MS dip their hands, they usually kill it. The reason is that they think they know whats best, and end up displacing the talent that made it good in the first place. So watch as they make the nokia phone division they stole into a pile of ashes.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Death by medicine. What cured their ailing, killed the body.

14. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

WP may not be dominant player in market...but they'll retain small pie of market share...nokia should start making android phones as well...just let buyer decide what they want.

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Or at least a dual boot phone like MS is trying to get HTC to do.

18. TimothyS

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Yeah, the mistake was hiring an idiot who was from Microsoft. What did you expect? Of course he was going to go with WP, Elop worked there!!! It was an all-round idiot decision and I'm not surprised that Nokia failed. Now, Elop is in line for a big promotion back at Microsoft. Coincidence? I think not. What a shame. Nokia made some of the best hardware on the market, but was doomed to failure when their CEO became a Microsoft ex-pat.

40. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

tim, I know you're new here, but most folks are aware of the fact that Elop acts on directives from the board, and doesn't have the power to redirect the company so strongly, and if he were doing something the board didn't agree with, he would have been fired and replaced. He did the job they wanted to. If you and all the other Elop-haters care/cared so much about Nokia, you, like myself, would have continued showing your support by actually buying their products and letting other folks know they're an available and viable alternative.

45. Dastrix unregistered

+1 -box- All the way.

60. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Timothy: you might not know enough for statemens like that. Your comments just makes you as the idiot here. Worst decisions at Nokia was made by former CEO Kallasvuo. Another guy responsible there was mr. Vanjoki, who was leading mobile phone division who had 2000 embloyees doing the same as Google was doing with 500 (Android). Vanjoki and his 2000 guys failed to do anything against iOS and Android. mr. Elop here did what was left there. He could do things a bit differently (softening platform memo), but still things would have happened like they did, just slower. Elop just smashed his hammer at table and sayd: "we have to ACT NOW!". He is not the idiot here.

64. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Actually Timothy is right. Elop as CEO made the decision to go with Microsoft and scrap all the work that was being done by those 2000 employees called Meego (which didn't see the light of day). The CEO has the power until he is fired which is what the board has the decision to make. He even made the contract with Microsoft that penalizes Nokia if the share holders vote against the sale. He was responsible for the day to day decisions and operations so yes he is to blame. Altair and box you are both wrong in that aspect. If you care about a company you should buy their product anyway. What kind of sense does that make? Corporations should earn their sales not get it out of pity.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I said it once, they should have used Android and Windows instead of going solo Windows and would have faired better, exclusive deals are always trouble.. . Oh and the new SwiftKey keyboard is kinda awesome

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Name a company that's had success with both their Android and Windows lines though. One is bound to get more attention and marketing muscle. What incentive does Samsung have to invest heavily in ATIV when they're raking in billions from the S and Note?

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Would be a miracle if they make a Android OS hand set but we will never see it happened

31. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Facts: 1.Microsoft HAS NOT bought Nokia 2. Microsoft WILL NOT buy Nokia 3. Microsoft NEVER announced that they are buying Nokia for any amount of money. Finally....FACT: Microsoft has announced intentions to buy Nokia's DEVICES AND SERVICES Divisions with the deal PENDING APPROVAL in early 2014. Lies: 1."Nokia adopting Windows Phone exclusively and as company’s fortunes declined it was bought for $7.2 billion by Microsoft. That’s just around a third of Nokia’s value in 2010." 2."If (or rather after) Microsoft is approved to acquire Nokia in 2014, the Finnish company will focus on its maps and network, while all phone business will now happen under Redmond rule." Microsoft is NOT buying Nokia! It is easy to understand what it is Microsoft wants to buy for the $7.2 billion. Microsoft wants to buy Nokia's Devices and Services division and NOT Nokia. I HATE this poor reporting that is seen on PA and several other sites concerning the Microsoft's interest in purchasing Nokia's D&S division. Please report the facts, some people may take what you say as a fact and then they will turn around and spread lies innocently.

35. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Semantics. Microsoft is essentially buying Nokia's consumer products division. Your argument is the same as someone saying Google doesn't own Motorola because they only bought the Mobility (phones and set-top boxes) division.

39. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Microsoft isn't "essentially buying Nokia's consumer products division". If approved, Microsoft is only buying Nokia's Devices and Services division. Nokia will still exist, just as it did when it made tires, boots and other consumer products and Nokia as a company will remain entirely separate to make consumer products outside the scope of any specifics of the possible selling of their Devices and Services division. If Google bought Motorola Mobility, then that is what they bought, if the other part of Motorola exists outside of Google and is separate and not owned by Google then they did not buy Motorola. Saying Microsoft is buying Nokia is simply NOT true, no matter how you want to compare or how many times people state it. What is true is that Microsoft wants to buy a part of Nokia and this has been clearly announced and detailed to clear any confusion that Microsoft ISN'T buying Nokia. Fact: Google DIDN"T buy Motorola and does not own Motorola. You said it yourself and so did Google. http://www.google.com/press/motorola/ Google bought Motorola Mobility and not "Motorola". Motorola solutions is not owned by Google. The Google and Motorola story does NOT apply to Nokia as Nokia did not split into 2 separate companies and then having one company purchased. Nokia is one company and the one company, Nokia, is NOT being bought by Microsoft as of this writing. Microsoft desires to purchase the devices and services DIVISION from Nokia. Motorola Mobility was a SEPARATE company from Motorola Solutions and not a division of Motorola as of January 4 2011. That "Motorola" was purchased by Google. Not the same situation and that does not change the fact that Microsoft is NOT buying Nokia.

57. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

read your comments. see how confusing it can be? they simplify facts for better understanding as people don't like to read long, hard to grasp, paragraphs that overstate facts. its like talking with mojo jojo

44. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Thank you. I wish this could be a floating caption on every Nokia/Microsoft article everywhere.

34. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Another Victor H. article with suspect paraphrasing so as to be critical of Microsoft and Nokia. What else is new?

36. genkidama20

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I loved my Nokia 928. The camera was AMAZING. It was fast and speedy. I loved the simplicity of WP. Even my wife could pick it up and use it with very little learning curve. But, I HATED the Windows app selection. I missed my Android apps so much that I had to go back. So, sold my Nokia and got me an old DROID Razr just so I could get back the Android apps that I missed. For me, it was the apps. I just got tired of the sucky Windows Phone apps (or lack thereof).

42. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'm glad you found a device that works best for you.

50. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Go Android Nokia !

52. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I'm curious as to what this Ex-executive would have done different. One thing is clear they were in a steep decline. The iPhone had become a juggernaut by 2010 and I cannot remember any Nokia phone in any carrier here in the US when I went to buy a device in 2009. Also by going Android they would have had to develop the OS just as all other oems with Google looking over thier shoulder. Nokia still developed Meego after going Wpin essence splitting limited resources. Yes MS bought a division for @ 7 billion but how much had they already given Nokia? 2? 3 billion? We know Google would not have given them money until they gained traction. MS was a decent partner.

53. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

The fact is microsoft has to improve on it os. I just hate the fact its ios alike. If microsoft wed all it os's, terminate windows RT, make the main Windows os optimized for phones to run on lumias, .exe has enough apps to take on android! Thats one! 2. It will intrest app developers and make them build more apps 4 windows. And i wont be so tasky 4 MS since basic apps on windows shows vertically when u use multi-windows. The need to remove some restrictions. We all know if u care about security, ios is what u go for. So ms should stop playing a game of security and remove its restrictions. Majority of the public care less about security! If this is false, android wont out sell iphone!. Another example, is this. I went to ppsspp website. Normaly ppsspp has and app 4 android. I has an app 4 jail broken ios. No app 4 windows phone. Now when asked why, they said wp is like a non-jailbroken ios. And if ms reduse it restriction i would invite more apps like ppsspp! If they cant. Then they should beta wed all the os's cos ppsspp has an app 4 windows in .exe! Therefore if i like the ppsspp app, wp is a 'no go area' 4 me! Therefore im neva going to by a lumia!

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