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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The publicly announced terms of the sale of Nokia handset division to MS explicitly recognized that MS has right to use Nokia name for Lumia, Asha, and other feature phones for a period of 10 years only, after that they cannot use the Nokia name, and the Nokia name cannot be applied to other new products in the meantime.

Edited 2013-10-18 23:20 UTC

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