Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Oct 2013 13:30 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Jorma Ollila, ex-chairman of Nokia, admits Windows Phone was the wrong choice.

While Nokia brought in Elop and focused on Windows Phone, Ollila admits Microsoft's software hasn't helped the company. "We were not successful in using Microsoft's operating system to create competitive products, or an alternative to the two dominant companies in the field", he says, while noting it's "impossible to say what would have happened to the company if different decisions had been made in early 2011 or at some other time."

As if failing sales, a terrible financial situation, and a sale to Microsoft weren't enough evidence to conclude Windows Phone was the wrong choice for Nokia, we now have it straight from Nokia itself.

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You can't compare really compare HTC, Sony with Nokia ad 2010.
- It was still 2 times bigger than Samsung
- It had plenty of IP to fend off MS trolling
- It was the darling of carriers
- It was totally independent of US market changing fortunes
- It was in bed with China Mobile
- It had superior camera technology
- It had desirability and brand loyalty comparably only to Apple in most parts of the world
- It's sw department was over-bloated and inefficient but still could deliver good UI and design (as proven by N9)
If Nokia switched to Android in 2010 and didn't massively drop the ball in engineering it would be on Samsung place now.

Edited 2013-10-18 14:00 UTC

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