Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 15th Feb 2011 13:04 UTC, submitted by sawboss
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "While Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop has steered the company into a Microsoft future, not everyone is happy about it. Workers have walked out in Finland, and now a group of shareholders is planning a new strategy called "Nokia Plan B". The new plan has been formulated by a group of young Nokia shareholders who all have experience working for the company. None of them are happy with the decision to embrace Microsoft, and all of them plan to challenge the decision and strategy going forward."
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I love
by Nelson on Tue 15th Feb 2011 15:58 UTC
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how the narrative on Nokia changed over night. It went from "Nokia is terrible, slow, and dead in the water" to "Nokia DEFINITELY could have taken on Apple and Google".

No they could not. Look at what MeeGo has to show for it one year after its announcement. Essentially NOTHING. They were on a dangerous trajectory and needed a fundamental change.

People can deny, mock, ridicule, and vote me down all they want, but Windows Phone 7 is by all accounts and measures on the right track. Their ecosystem is growing, swelling to 8,000 applications a few months after availability, they have, even if .NET isn't your cup of tea, unquestionably good value to add in the developer space with their tools, and they bring valuable brands to the table which have a real world effect (WP7 will become the defacto gaming portable in short time, their #1 selling genre is gaming applications through XBox Live on the phone. The games are also very high quality).

It makes business sense for Nokia, they didn't want to get lost in the sea of Android. MeeGo was getting them nowhere slowly. At least with WP7 they have a genuine sot at differentiation and at bringing value to the tablet, at least they have a fighting chance.

MeeGo is an open source project, Intel is still behind it, and if it is truely that great of an Operating System for phones, then you'll soon attract other investors (as I've pointed out, it's ironic that big corporate overlords are often the lifeblood of these FOSS bastions) and eventually get something to market.

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RE: I love
by tony on Tue 15th Feb 2011 17:07 in reply to "I love"
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how the narrative on Nokia changed over night. It went from "Nokia is terrible, slow, and dead in the water" to "Nokia DEFINITELY could have taken on Apple and Google".

I don't disagree. I lament more of the wasted potential. I've often said Nokia is making stupid choices, but they could have turned it around with the right attitude. Looking realistically (which Elop did) at their platform, and taking drastic steps.

They did take a drastic step: Surrender, and be at the mercy of another vendor for their OS. It's just astonishing.

Keeping on their current path, they would have died a slow death. Now, part of them died overnight, and what will be left? Not the same Nokia, that's for certain.

Nokia went from leader, to lagging behind, to now, they'll never be a leader in the market.

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RE[2]: I love
by nt_jerkface on Tue 15th Feb 2011 21:54 in reply to "RE: I love"
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What's amazing is how many developers they have on staff.

They obviously had some management issues but I have to wonder if they would have gotten MeeGo out earlier if they focused on ARM and never partnered with Intel.

I knew something was up when MSFT showed no interest in partnering with Intel for x86 phones. Did Intel promise Nokia power gains that never materialized? Did Nokia have a hard time using existing libraries that were built around ARM? Maybe some ex-employees will eventually explain.

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