Nokia jumps from one burning platform to another with Windows Phone 7
Feb 11, 2011, 21:34 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Well, I guess you can take the Microsoft executive out
of Microsoft but you can't take the Microsoft out of the executive.
In what will prove Nokia's final strategic blunder, Nokia CEO
Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft senior executive, announced, with
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer grinning over his shoulder, that Nokia
would be using Windows Phone 7 (WP7) for its smartphones.
"If you looked closely, you could almost say Ballmer's lips
moving as Elop mouthed, "The game has changed from a war of devices
to a war of ecosystems. We have an opportunity to disrupt the
trajectory in the mobile ecosystem. Together we will deliver great
"Yeah. Right. Sure. Once upon a time Nokia delivered great
products. In technology years that's decades ago. Since then, first
RIM's BlackBerries, then Apple's iPhones, and now a variety of
Google's Android phones have left Nokia eating their dust."