Stephen Elop's live Q&A session – Nokia brand won't be used for long, and other interesting bits

Stephen Elop's live Q&A session – Nokia brand won't be used for long, and other interesting bits

On his first day as an Executive VP of Microsoft Devices, Stephen Elop sat down for a forty minute open chat session. During the time, Elop reflected on his past at Nokia, the present “identity crisis” which dwells on Nokia and Microsoft following the successful acquisition of the former's mobile business, and the future of both companies as one. 


We also sat down and picked the former Nokia CEO's most interesting answers. In short, Elop feels no remorse for his tenure at the Finnish company, confirmed that “work is underway” on coming up with a new smartphone brand, and admitted his favorite Lumia phone is the upcoming 930. Nothing groundbreaking, but we definitely appreciate the insight.



On the rumors and uncertainty surrounding the Nokia trademark post-Microsoft merger:





On whether Nokia will continue to innovate mobile technology as it did with the Lumia line:





On the future of the much hyped, and rather disappointing Nokia X line:





On when will we get the first Microsoft branded smartphone and more branding issues:





On the future of Nokia Mixradio, Nokia TV, Nokia Camera apps, and other Nokia apps in Lumia phones:





On Elop's favorite Windows Phone apps:





Asked bluntly whether Nokia phones running Android is a good idea:





On whether he has any regrets after serving as Nokia's CEO:





On the possibility of Microsoft products becoming as colorful as Lumia devices:





On being accused of "killing Nokia":





On his favorite Lumia phone:





On being "awarded" a Microsoft Trojan at Nokia:





On adding more languages to the WP 8.1 swipe keyboard:





source: Nokia Conversations

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56 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well there you have it straight from the Trojan horse's mouth. I also would regret nothing with 25 million in the bank. This feat stands as a testament to how quickly some of the most powerful and large companies in a given industry can collapse.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Well said. From Elop's talking points, you can see how Elop/Microsoft will keep repeating the lie that he was just doing what was best for Nokia until people accept it as the truth. I hope the Finnish people never forget what happens when you accept Microsoft into your home. #neverforget

24. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

There have been a lot of large companies, that have been collapsed (Kodak, IBM, RIM, Motorola and many others). There never is one reason for such thing. Mr. Elop is the reason for collapse. Problems started way before his CEO season. Downhill started at 2004 with many wrong decisions. Elop just did what he could at current situation.

28. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This sort of argument is just part of the lie. Like saying because the patient was sick, we gave him poison, but don't blame the poison because it killed the patient. If you want a sick company to get better, you don't give it poison. And Elop was most certainly a poisonous snake.

55. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I'm sorry, but IBM is a huge company on these days(it is 5th largest IT company in the world in revenue, which has google in 11th), but it now focuses on business, thats why you don't heard a lot of them

29. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

"straight from the Trojan horse's mouth".... this is GREAT!!..hahahaha

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nokia brand will not be used for long bcoz he wanted to finish nokia, so how nokia brand will be used for long? This Q&A session mean Quarrels and Abuses for elop/flop, whatever his name

34. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I can blame elop, and specially board members as well. Stupids let done easily and calmly. Waiting to see new CEO of Nokia and I hope he will bring back Nokia in their main business device and services soon in 2016. Android will be perfect. New era will begin.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Stephen Elop is a pilot!?!?! OMG OMG SUDDENLY I FEEL LIKE HE'S AN AMAZING PERSON

3. MrTzr unregistered

Haha, me too. I like your video's btw.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Thanks :)

51. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yeah, Elop is a pilot. It is a needed skill for quick getaways, i.e. after he performs corporate homicide.

4. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

They need to stick with the Lumia brand if they are to have any chance of survival in the mobile arena. Nokia is a huge globally respected brand. M$ is not... Not for phones anyway.

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, M$ is not really that big even on tablets. For normal people M$ is Windows and Office. Lumia brand, well 50% it's good, because it's known brand and people connect it with Nokia. Anyway, M$ will face difficulties, small or big, when they remove Nokia name.

49. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

yes. and Microsoft Kin is prime example of that.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"On the future of the much hyped, and rather disappointing Nokia X line:" Might want to tone down the rhetoric when reporting on actual quotes. This wasn't part of the original question, and is the sort of thing best left to a review or editorial.

13. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The actual quotes are authentic. The rhetoric stems from our review of the Nokia X. Still, I do appreciate your advice, because it stems from good practice!

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Much appreciated!

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

no Nokia branding = no windows phone for me......

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

My last Nokia will be Nokia Lumia 930.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Elop - Elop to Base, Elop to base , mission complete , i repeat , mission is complete , target is neutralised over...crr....crrr MSHQ- Copy that Agent Elop , you have done well , $25 million has been added to your account as promised , rendevouz with MSHQ asap Elop - Roger that , over...crrrr crrrr END OF TRANSMISSION

9. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Stephen Elop a worst CEO ever witnessed in human history who destroyed the mighty NOKIA once and sold to his dear Ex-company Microsoft. I miss my NOKIA days with them.

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Maybe this not a popular decision, but i don't really think that Elop is as fail as what we think he is, well yeah maybe he did not help Nokia to build up the fame they once have. But if you understand the story behind, Nokia start bleeding way before Elop enter to it's office. It's because the old Nokia already ignorance enough to think that Apple and Android(Google or Samsung) won't bring any impact to them, since so Elop already try his best to bring it as a third power horse(in term of OS market...). Yeah maybe indeed he is trojan horse from Microsoft, well who cares, as long Nokia still bring out quality handphones, i am still buying it, such as my current Lumia 925, it is really one beautiful lady i ever use in my life ;)

17. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

On the side note, it means that we won't see a Microsoft brand phone so soon

42. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Finally, a sensible comment on this site. +925

48. express77 unregistered

Then by hiring eflop, did Nokia succeed? It's most successful division was in loss and was sold out. And eflop tried his best to sell Nokia and was successful, and he never tried to make it successful. I agree Nokia has a big ignorance before he came but hiring a person like him was the biggest ignorance they could have ever done.

12. androidwpios

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

OK elop says they went to WP because Samsung dominate android. OK they will take time make there own skin like touchwiz and HTC skin etc...and so many ppl hate skins prefer stock android or skin close to it. Nokia will known in term of design and technology. They can start with stock android and few tweaks Like Motorola. Imagien with me lumia 1020 power by android. The worst thing happen to nokia after iPhone is elop.

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

im sure if Nokia went with Android in 2011 when they had the chance , they could have kept the ovi store , the famous meego icon style ,the nokia font instead of obeying strict rules of WP

15. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

To me it doesn't matter,whether they keep the Nokia brand or come up with something else, as long as they keep the good built quality, and camera

18. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Thanks for proving you always were and still are full of sht.

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