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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RE[5]: Nelson?
by Nelson on Mon 21st Oct 2013 11:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Nelson?"
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It wasn't so much an outright purchase but an implicit backing which materialized as a purchase. It could've easily been a renegotiation of terms or a cash infusion. From what's leaked of the discussions, both of those options were on the table.

I don't think it was a sure thing they'd be purchased from day 1, and have little doubt MSFT would've preferred to have a few healthy OEMs rather than swallow up a promising but struggling OEM. I guess with Surface and the reorg these things should be viewed in a different light.

I called for north of 10 million units by the end of the year, not by Q3. I don't think a 30% growth pattern for Q3 was doable without a holiday season, especially considering their Q3 last year was 2 million and change I believe.

I'm thinking just short of 9 million makes sense, and just shy of 20% QoQ. Quote me on that.

Edited 2013-10-21 11:05 UTC

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