Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

Summary: It seems that many Nokia fans and employees are fired up and feeling betrayed by the Nokia Microsoft partnership, but there really is no big conspiracy or evil plan here.

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The conspiracy theorists came out in force this weekend after the early Friday morning announcement that Nokia would roll out Windows Phone smartphones in the future. It was said that Elop was the 8th largest Microsoft stockholder and owned no Nokia stock and that he was a trojan horse that came to Nokia with a plan all along to work with Microsoft's Windows Phone.

In regards to the shares, apparently Elop started to sell his shares, but was forced to halt sales after Nokia and Microsoft started working through CEO negotiations. He also was not able to purchase Nokia stock because of the rules regarding stock ownership so those making a major deal out of his stock and tying it to some conspiracy need to reevaluate this idea. He stated he will be purchasing Nokia stock as soon as the rules allow him to. Actually, if he ends up keeping his Microsoft stock I would think Nokians would be comforted in knowing he has a vested interest in making the Windows Phone deal succeed.

Earlier today at Mobile World Congress Nokia held a press event where CEO Stephen Elop was present and during the Q&A period someone actually asked him straight up if he was a trojan horse. He said that he was not and that the entire Nokia management team was involved in the Nokia Microsoft partnership. There are many Finnish Nokia management people and I doubt a new CEO could come in and just make such a major decision without complete buy in and approval. The board of directors has to be involved with decisions of this magnitude and it is rather ridiculous to think he is a dictator that just came into Nokia and decided to go rogue and partner with Microsoft on Windows Phone.

I know this deal is painful for many Nokia personnel and fans, but as Mr. Elop clearly stated in his burning platform memo things were not good at Nokia and something radical had to be done to get them back into the high end smartphone game. As a Nokia fan myself, I have sad feelings about what might become of the Nokia that I have liked for so long since the openness and customizability of their platforms and the Finnish influence are things that appealed to me. Then again, it has been a few years since really innovative and exciting products have been released and times change.

Topics: Windows, Banking, Nokia, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

    Yes, a lot of Nokia fans and Open Source community got upset, and think Elop might have been pushed it. They are forgetting one simple fact. Board's decision is ultimate. One thing for sure, Nokia's board might have given a thought and looked at various factors such as:<br>1. Developer support<br>2. Ecosystem<br>3. Could save in R&D and support in advertising, so they could save in those areas and concentrate their budget to enhancing hardware and marketing.<br><br>Yes, Google can support them in these areas, but I am not sure because Nokia has to compete with already established OEMs in Android market like Samsung, HTC, LG etc. They might have taken a look at Sony Ericsson. Sony Ericsson was late into WinMo party with their XPeria 1. Eventhough that phone was compelling, it was poorly sold. Xperia 2, and on are eventhough powered by mighty Android, Sony Ericsson is not doing good. Sony Ericsson also has good h/w designs, but their sales are comparable to LG, not with Samsung or HTC. Thats why Nokia wanted something new, which is not saturated with other makers. They have chosen Windows phone 7 for this reason. It has strong developer base, building up greater ecosystem with services like Bing, Zune, XBox Live, Office with One Note etc. It has greater integration with cloud and its concept with Hubs is fresh. Also they get support from Microsoft for Ads and R&D. <br><br>I, for one, wouldn't have bought Nokia Andriod for sure, because I am already happy with my HTC EVO 4g, and Samsung Galaxy Tab and probably would have gone to Atrix 4G or Inspire 4G but never to Nokia Android in near future. <br><br>I think this is good step made by Nokia's board. It is a win win for both MSFT and NOK if Nokia can bring out phones in the next 3 to 4 months.
    Ram U
    • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

      @Rama.NET
      I don?t know how ot break this to you, but they listed the last week in November as the debut of the Nokiasoft phone. I honestly believe this was setup in September of last year, as Elop has only been with Nokia since September 21, 2010. Which is a very short time to forge a deal of this size, without insider help. Elop was sent to Nokia as a transition person. In two years time Nokia will either be a subsidiary of Microsoft , or will not exist at all.
      Rick_K
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @Rick_K Oh God, you're a frickin' idiot just like these 9/11 and moon landing assh*les.
        JoeHTH
  • Sad to see Nokia go.

    Nokia was once the largest company in Finland, and the largest manufacturer of cell phones in the world. According to Wikipedia, in 2003 Nokia alone accounted for 3.5 % of Finland's GDP!

    It's sad to see Nokia close up shop like this. It will be a big blow to Finland.
    trentreviso
    • Close Up shop? In what way?

      @trentreviso, it appears that Nokia just signed a deal that will ensure that will not happen.

      If you follow the news, you would have read about the partnership.
      Tim Cook
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @Mister Spock

        Considering:
        1) Nokia has been on the delcine for years.
        2) WinPhone 7 is DOA I'd say it will be the beginning of the end.
        itguy08
  • Simply unbelievable!

    This was 2009: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/aug09/08-12pixipr.mspx
    And in 2011 the same guy acts as Nokia CEO (come on, him and Ballmer on stage... what does that have anything to do with Nokia?) achieving this:
    1) destroy Nokia's existing ecosystem (Symbian was still the largest smartphone OS worldwide), alienating developers, etc.
    2) tie Nokia's future to a pricey (roayalties!) and so far unsuccessful mobile OS, not allowing for any plan B if things turn sour
    3) apparently Nokia got no special bargain from the deal, while MS gets a monopolistic (as usual) foothold in Nokia (with its huge customer base), hijacks former OVI store traffic, gets OVI maps FOR FREE, while it asks for royalties on its OS!!!!!
    4) the burning platform stunt is a textbook example of PR, when you need to set up the audience as if the world is ending (come on, Nokia was in no such plight, it was struggling but retained its n.1 position in many fields, its business continued to grow, etc.) to justify otherwise unacceptable solutions.
    Really how MS could be allowed to do this (gobble up a company the size of Nokia for free) is just amazing! I wonder if there will be grounds for an action against Elop by shareholders. But, in any case, that's how MS always won in the market. Not by providing the best products (that was usually accomplished by others such as Apple, Lotus, Netscape, Sun, Google, etc.) but by copying and then stifling the competition.
    Congratulations Microsoft! So long Nokia!
    andesia
    • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

      @andesia You have no idea what you are talking about. Nothing is free in this world. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209259/Microsoft_to_pay_out_billions_as_part_of_Nokia_deal
      1773
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @MSPawar
        Billions? Yet they ask for royalties on WM7? And the stock plunges 20%? I doubt it, but time will tell.
        andesia
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @andesia If you didn't understand what the article was let me explain it to you. MS is paying Nokia billions of dollars for expertise that Nokia brings. MS will do the R&D on the software side. Whats wrong to ask for licensing fee for the OS which automatically indemnifies Nokia from any patent lawsuits which may be leveled against the OS ?
        1773
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @1773
        I was reading your link... "bidding war against Google"? For what? Android is free, so it could not have been on the software cost. Moreover... "hinting"? Hints are vague: is this "billion" story true or not? What Microsoft got, on the contrary, was not just hinted, it was plainly stated.
        But even if so, why tying up one's hands ONLY with Microsoft? Motorola, who was far worse off than Nokia, chose Android and succeeded. What really is puzzling and suspicious is the way Nokia -according to the news- is obliterating its OSs and rules out trying other options (e.g. Android). Why not trying both?
        Furthermore, the latest Nokia WinPhone pics... what is cool about them is the phone... not the OS... it could have been loaded with anything. Another PR stunt for WM7.
        So again, this whole story stinks. And while for MS it makes total sense to drive Nokia in this direction, for Nokia it really does not, based purely on common sense.
        But again, time will tell...
        andesia
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @1773 Sorry for the late post, but as I was supposing...: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/15/debunk-elop-never-said-microsoft-is-paying-nokia-billions-of-do/ So, no billions, not even millions, from MS, as expected.
        What MS achieved was a silent, costless, buyout of Nokia, plain and simple. And many share the same view: http://westudymedia.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/apple-outsider-%C2%BB-microsoft-buys-nokia-for-0b/ Much better that others had suggested, i.e. buying nokia with real money! How could Jorma Ollila and the other Nokia's shareholders allow all this is really a mistery... Again, just consider it from a risk perspective: all risks to Nokia, all risk free gains to MS! Simply unbelievable!
        andesia
    • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

      @andesia
      Are you willing to take an Android phone that has no Android Marketplace, no Gmail, no Youtube, etc? Those are NOT free! OEMs pay Google for those!
      illegaloperation
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @day2die
        Without supporting facts/docs/links to your claims just ranting.
        choyongpil
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @day2die

        Link please. Thanks.
        itguy08
      • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

        @day2die
        Get your facts right! There are NOT charge for gmail or youtube, Android Marketplace or any other google apps. Google pay OEMs if they install google search by default.
        ppdroid
  • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

    they kind of missed it: if you really want to go big with smartphones, be original and give users a choice regarding the os. I buy a phone and you provide a rom images of wp7, android, symbian etc . Just like a pc where the hardware vendor gives me drivers and i install whatever os i want to. Lots of vendors do that, some even released them as opensource to be included in linux kernel.
    d.marcu
  • Smart decision

    Get paid to use the best mobile operating system. Only an idiot would have turned that deal down.
    jackbond
    • For the MCSE every decision is MS

      They haven't the objective skills nor the knowledge to choose anything else. Hasn't work well for them in the enterprise, it won't for Nokia either.
      Richard Flude
    • RE: Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed

      @jackbond
      Extremely subjective: Given the tepid sales of Windows phone 7 series OS phones. I can?t see how anyone could say it is the ?best mobile operating system? with a straight face. Changing one set of icons to larger monochromatic icons (tiles) is not that innovative. Are you implying tying this to Microsoft?s other product as being the reason it is the best? Or is it the position of the NBM: since it?s from Microsoft, it must be the best.
      Rick_K