Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Jun 2013 18:29 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft was very close to take over Nokia, but that the talks eventually broke down, probably beyond repair - at least for now. The reasons the talks broke down illustrate something that I have repeatedly tried to make clear for a long time now: Nokia isn't doing well.
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RE[6]: Go ahead and short
by jeffb on Sat 22nd Jun 2013 13:55 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Go ahead and short"
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Yes, professionals gave it better ratings than they gave to Apple product.
That is success. And of course you WONT find any info about how N9 sold in Nokia info releases. But you will easily find Nokia CEO statements about NOT CONTINUING WITH N9 AND MEEGO **EVEN IF** ITS SUCCESSFUL.

Its impossible that WinP could outperform MeeGo in short term. Its just not possible. (And Nokia did not shared any info which by itself is indicative..)

Well first off the N9 MeeGo design went through once it was terminal project. There would have been much more passionate internal battles if MeeGo was still having to fulfill irreconcilable promises. But let's ignore that.

So what? It won a design award. Yippee. There are 4 MeeGo based phones in the pipeline between 2011 and 2014. 4. Basically one a year. Assume they all win design awards. So what? How much do you think a design award is worth? $5m, $10m. Let's say $100m since they all win one that's $400m, or about 2 months of the subsidies that came from Microsoft and carriers, that is to say less money than the subsidies on the 720.

MeeGo was a disastrous mess of contradictory objectives and unfilled promises being developed at a snail's pace. Elop and the board killed it because he had no choice. He is not insane or stupid. Nokia's senior management failed to come to consensus on design issues in time and failed to allocate needed resources in time. By the time Elop got there MeeGo was a mess that Nokia didn't have enough money to save.

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