Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

Summary:The much-ballyhooed Nokia shareholder "revolt" over Nokia's Windows Phone 7 adoption plan is over, a day after it began.

The much-ballyhooed Nokia shareholder "revolt" over Nokia's Windows Phone 7 adoption plan is over, a day after it began.

Update: It turns out the "revolt" was nothing but a hoax. The Plan B blog page was taken down on began redirecting to a @NokiaPlanB Twitter account on February 16. A tweet revealed the alleged ruse, and the alleged creator of the hoax claimed to be nothing but a "very bored engineer who really likes his iPhone."  I have no idea what's real here -- including the latest claim about his/her occupation and choice of phone.

According to the now-unavailable site, the nine anonymous shareholders, claiming to be former Nokia employees, banded together and proposed an alternative "Plan B" -- which included the firing of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop -- announced on their blog on February 16 that they had decided to ditch their effort. The Plan B team was responding to Nokia's decision, announced this week, to put its eggs in the Windows Phone basket, rather than going with Android or staying the current Nokia Symbian/MeeGo course.

Despite claims that "hundreds" of shareholders were backing their play, the Plan B team said they had not received encouraging feedback from institutional investors. They also said they believed most of Nokia's software talent would have left the company by the time their plan kicked in.

The Plan B group proposed restricting the Microsoft-Nokia Windows Phone partnership to North America; making MeeGo Nokia's primary smartphone platform; guaranteeing Symbian's promised lifespan to five years; and backing Qt as Nokia's development platform.

Meanwhile, here are some other Nokia-Microsoft tidbits from around the Web that may be of interest -- and appear to be real, not hoaxes:

Topics: Enterprise Software, Banking, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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