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

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.

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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: Operating Systems, Banking, Microsoft, Mobility, Nokia, Software, Windows

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

    Verizon CTO is correct in saying the three major platforms at present are RIM, Apple and Google. (with Symbian in the rest of the world) - however roll on a few years and you probably get somewhere close to Elop's comments.
    RonanSail
    • Windows Phone 7 will not exist in a few years

      @RonanSail - By the time Nokia gets around to making Windows Phone 7 handsets (2012), the platform won't exist any more.

      It has no substantial ecosystem, and few people are buying Windows Phone 7 handsets.
      Vbitrate
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @zndac

        Really? Have a source? I have a few that say otherwise...
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • That's funny because I read that

        @zndac
        Google's pretty upset that their Apps aren't selling anywhere close to those on Apple's App store.

        Sure Android is thrown on a lot of phones, and many people buy the phone and really don't know or care what Android, apps, ect is. They make calls, really nothing more.

        So, I can see why you're worried: that's all You and Google need is another (better, IMO) platform out there competing against it.

        I can see why it would bother Google, not sure why it upsets you.
        AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @zndac LOL! You're about as stupid as it gets. WP7 has over 8000 apps in less than four months. It's experiencing a faster rate of development than Android ever experienced. It's expected to hit between 45,000 and 50,000 apps before the end of the year. It's software development tools have been downloaded more times than any other platform. Not to mention their marketplace is incredible, and not even close to the fragmented joke that is Android. Heck, Google can't even put out an OS that can scroll smoothly.
        JoeHTH
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @zndac <br><br>"It has no substantial ecosystem, and few people are buying Windows Phone 7 handsets."<br><br>What is the ecosystem for Android then? Android OEMs have their own differing skins, carriers have their own branding (Droid) and bundled crapware, many different versions of the OS are still out, some have their own proprietary connectors, basically everyone have their own agenda whitin the so called "ecosystem" of Android. But the strength of an ecosystem is for it to be cohesive. <br><br>Elop already mentioned that other WP7 OEMs will benefit from whatever Nokia brings to the table. The WP7 ecosystem benefits. Can't say the same for Android, whatever Samsung developers for their Android phones and tablets belongs to Samsung, only.
        dave95.
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @zndac Based on what facts bone head.
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @zndac

        "It has no substantial ecosystem, and few people are buying Windows Phone 7 handsets. "

        The in-the-hands-of-customers run rate for WP7 is roughly the same as the initial release of that other 'failure' called the iPhone.
        SlithyTove
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @zndac I agree, they will move on to windows phone 8 then 9 and probably 10 after that.... actually I am hope this works out well of M$ and Nokia, perhaps Nokia can work with them to make a better windows phone....
        nickdangerthirdi@...
    • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

      @RonanSail

      The Verizon CTO is as dumb as he looks because not only did he state RIM would remain ahead of WP7 he said WebOS was more relevant. To think that idiot makes more than I do!
      Mythos7
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @Mythos7 Outstanding! This guy is clearly batting way below his pay scale! It's almost worth inventing a new OS just to hear his BS once more!
        cft2458
    • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

      @RonanSail There are over 120 million Windows phones in China alone. How does that square with your ludicrous claim?
      Major Plonquer
    • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

      @RonanSail Microsoft won and Google lost. Doesn't matter which way you try to spin it.

      And there are over 120 million old Windows handsets in China. Surely this makes WM6 the biggest ecosystem?
      Major Plonquer
  • Nothing makes sense in this senseless deal

    Nokia should have known that its hardware will not save Windows Phone 7.

    The biggest value to the customer is not in the hardware. It is in the software stack, and Nokia has handed control of its software to Microsoft.
    Vbitrate
    • I know. Android hasn't save much hardware either.

      @zndac
      And we already have two Android to WP7 converts here at the office, though most people own either an iPhone or feature phone. Only 3 Andoids left here. ;)
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing
        Well I am an Android convert from WinMo and very happy.
        There are 3 Androids here and 1 iPhone plus one WinMo user who is buying an Android as well. Good for him ;-).
        kirovs@...
    • Everything makes sense

      @zndac
      Nokia either became another 'me too' Andoid maker, or did something to set themselves apart. And since they get to alter WM7 (or have their own flavor of it), I'd say they have.
      The 2 burning questions are how much can they alter WM7, and how quickly can they do it?
      mdemuth
      • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

        @mdemuth

        Exactly. Android is crowded and they didn't want to be a commodity player, seeing low margins. Android OEMs already started going the gimmick rout to try and differentiate themselves from the crowd.

        Plus Nokia also is bringing their software and services to the table that will benefit a WP7 more so than Android (Apps, Maps, Nav).
        dave95.
    • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

      @zndac You know an "expert" in these forums said the very same thing about WP7. Aahh here it is:
      http://www.zdnet.com/tb/1-88704?p=3

      Page down a few times; Here is the Jack Wagon quote

      "By February it'll be reduced to obscurity like the Kin once the few who are actually stupid enough to buy one and then wake up and realize they need a lot more to use its full potential...in this economy Microsoft has just plain bad timing.

      Bet the bank on it.

      cyberslammer"

      What a Jack Wagon
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • RE: Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day

    If it wasn't so annoying, I would say it was amusing to watch the naysayers flounder around looking for anything that could make this deal go away.

    When I read "Calling it Quits" I almost fell out of my seat laughing. So-called "journalists" wanted so badly for this to be a major uprising. Apparently, institutional investors don't like radical things "like seating a bunch of kids on the board of directors". Anyone without confirmation bias would have seen this as the joke it was, not a revolt.

    Nokia and Microsoft have plenty of challenges ahead. Don't worry, rabid haters... your day may come.
    Rich Miles