The vast majority of people do not have, nor will they ever have a personal computer. They haven’t been exposed to Windows or Office, or anything like that, and in their lives it’s unlikely that they will.
—  Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s new executive vice president of Devices, in the post announcing the completion of the deal to acquire Nokia. This is not your father’s Microsoft.
Did Apple create Android? Stephen Elop thinks so!

The thinking behind this? Apple iPhone is a closed ecosystem with everything controlled by Apple. While this has proved successful it means developers have to play by Apple’s rules.

Therefore, it seems inevitable that a more open source solution would arise, more appeasing and appealing to all developers, hence the environment for a platform like Android to flourish.

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Nokia passes off Symbian and 2,300 employees to Accenture

After placing all bets on Windows Phone, Stephen Elop announced that Nokia would slowly phase out its OG operating system, Symbian

Today, it’s officially passed the torch, handing over all Symbian-related duties to Accenture, a consulting and outsourcing firm. 2,300 former Nokia employees will also be repurposed, getting a new name on their paycheck as they tend to the ill-fated OS. 

The Finnish mainstay says the arrangement will last until at least 2016, and plans to continually roll out updates during this time. Not everyone is hanging on another five years though, as it seems that at least 500 employees have jumped ship or found new gigs within the company since the original announcement predicting 2,800 reassignments.  

Press Release:

Nokia and Accenture Close Symbian Software Development and Support Services Outsourcing Agreement

ESPOO, Finland, Sep 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Nokia and Accenture have closed the agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture. Under the agreement, originally announced on June 22, 2011, Accenture will provide Symbian-based software development and support services to Nokia at least until 2016 and also become the preferred supplier for Nokia in its transition to Windows Phone. Following the close, approximately 2,300 employees from China, Finland, India, the United Kingdom and the United States are transferring from Nokia to Accenture.

“We are focused on growing our business in mobility and embedded software. The addition of these highly skilled technologists and engineers to Accenture will strengthen our capabilities in these areas,” said Marty Cole, chief executive, Accenture Communications, Media & Technology operating group. “We look forward to supporting Nokia in the execution of its strategy.”

Accenture will work with Avanade, a technology service company that is majority-owned by Accenture and focuses on Microsoft technologies, to provide further services to Nokia.
Nokia anuncia 3.500 despidos más y un futuro terrorífico para muchos empleados

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Microsoft to acquire Nokia'€™s… (Basically Nokia)

Whoa nelly. A few quick thoughts:

1) Inevitable.

2) This seems to take the drama out of the Microsoft CEO search. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (a former Microsoftie) was already widely considered a leading contender — and now Microsoft has 7.2 billion more reasons to go with him. It also seems likely he would be a good candidate to carry out the “One Microsoft” initiative that Steve Ballmer has already put in place.

3) Fairly big demotion for Julie Larson-Green following her big promotion just last year. Unless… see: #2.

4) So why not just announce Elop as the new CEO now? Because the deal won’t close until Q1 2014. The biggest potential hiccup there is Nokia shareholders approving it.

5) From a pure dollar perspective, this seems to be quite the deal from what Microsoft was rumored to be considering paying just a few years ago.

6) Though it’s not nearly as good of a deal as Apple got to bring Steve Jobs back on board — $400 million in 1996 dollars.

7) Microsoft is taking on 32,000 new employees?!

8) It’s actually a pretty decent use of overseas cash, which would otherwise be taxed if repatriated.

9) Lighting the money on fire would have also saved it from being taxed.

Microsoft’s Nadella cleans house, Elop is out, senior leadership is now 25% female

Satya Nadella continues to consolidate Microsoft’s formerly fragmented organization, announcing in a company email that a number of executives – most notably Stephen Elop, the former CEO of Nokia – are leaving the company. Elop’s bad news, and it’s far overdue.

EVP Terry Myerson is getting a bump up to heir apparent, running a new Windows and Devices Group, a combination of the Microsoft Devices Group (which Elop was running) and the Operating Systems Group (which Myerson headed). This group controls Windows, Xbox, Lumia, Surface, and Hololens. 

EVP Scott Guthrie is accumulating the Microsoft Dynamics Group – which was running in a standalone fashion under Kirill Tatarinov– underneath the Cloud and Enterprise team. Alex Wilhelm thinks the Dynamics team is being fragmented into various of Guthrie’s groups.

EVP Qi Lu of the Applications and Service Group is being handed the company’s education activities that Eric Rudder (bye bye) was running.

Mark Penn, one of Ballmer’s favorites is out of his strategy role. Penn is starting an equity fund with Ballmer’s support.

So with these changes, the senior leadership has twelve execs:

  • Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Planning
  • Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
  • Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development
  • Qi Lu, Executive Vice President, Applications and Services Group
  • Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group
  • Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs
  • Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer

Notice that with departures of a bunch of men, the female leadership is now 25%, which I bet is a high for the company.

Stuff you may have missed: November 9, 2013

Gerald R. Ford wasn’t a particularly iconic president (though we recommend visiting his presidential library), but the aircraft carrier that bears his name, the USS Gerald R. Ford, could be the most innovative aircraft carrier of its kind—ever.

If Microsoft picks Stephen Elop to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, expect Microsoft Office to show up on more platforms.

The last time Boston picked a new mayor, the Wu-Tang Clan hadn’t yet released its groundbreaking first album.

Speaking of mayors, they tried to make Rob Ford go to rehab, and he said, “poss-i-bly.” Sorry, Toronto.

Maldives, whose democracy is just five years old, is having a really hard time picking a president.

The reality is that 90 percent of the world does not have or cannot afford a smartphone or a high-end device…This gap creates an opportunity.
—  Stephen Elop, during his first Asia speech since his nomination as Nokia CEO. Guess he never heard about shanzhai (山寨) or set foot in a black market in China…
All the Nokians were fooled by ….

I don’t know exactly who.

Nokia recruited Stephen Elop as software business expert but he threw away all the software products (most important softwares like Symbian S60, Symbian^3 and Meego) in Nokia.
Does even make sense to you?

People are so easy to forgot about what happened in past. That’s why they were so easily fooled by media or ‘expert’ or 'professional’.

Let’s go back to the past and see what this new CEO joined the Nokia for.

Nokia announced their partnership through Nokia Conversations blog so I will only quote from there.

I will just quote part of it because it’s enough to prove my point.

Stephen Elop to join Nokia as President and CEO @ September 10, 2010 by JBC

How will Stephen Elop make a difference?
He has a proven track record and is well-known and respected within the software industry. He also has experience in managing change and complex software projects.

Does this mean we’ll see a new strategy for Nokia?
The core strategy is solid and Nokia will continue to power through what is a substantial transformation (from a hardware company to a software company).

What are the benefits of choosing a CEO with a strong software background?
Nokia is transitioning from a hardware manufacturer of mobile devices to a software and solutions business

Do I have to say it again?

It makes more clear and prove my previous post “Suspicion on American investor take over Finnish company.

Stephen Elop threw away all the software products and then he will bring all the software products from Microsoft. So what he really need work for??

Oh, of course. He can learn how to do business in OEM manufacturing. He knew all things about Microsoft software already so he has a lot of free time to catch up for OEM manufacturing business.
Microsoft Finally Has A "No" Man

Dina Bass and Ian King on why we didn’t see a “Surface Mini” at Microsoft “small” Surface event this week:

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as early as today at an event in New York, two of the people said.

This is important. It finally seems as if Microsoft has someone in place to say the all-important word: “no.”

Don’t underestimate the importance of this. I’m still not sold on the Surface Pro 3 being the right call either, but at least it makes sense to try to market that as a full-on laptop replacement. The “Surface Mini” would have been another embarrassing flop. Good on them for realizing it before it was too late – even if it was at the last minute.

Stephen Elop’s memo to Nokia employees on new device strategy under Microsoft

Microsoft’s Device Business chief and former Nokia CEO too has sent a company wide email to announce the changes that will happen inside Microsoft under the program to integrate Nokia’s Devices and Services business. Most of the brunt would be borne by Nokia employees with its feature phone and non-Lumia smartphones being canned. 

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Elop Continues His Losing Strategy: It's Time For Him To Go

In Stephen Elop’s breezy and somewhat callous email to former Nokia staffers at Microsoft (‘Hello there’ is a poor start to firing 12,500 people), he showed that he’s continuing the losing play of fighting against Android+Samsung (and hundreds of other Asian-based competitors with Windows+Nokia. Of course, Elop might be a bit blasé since he’s fired 50,000 since taking the job as CEO of Nokia.

Elop wrote in that memo, 

In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.

Om Malik is merciless in a recent post, pointing out that this strategy has been failing since Elop – that lunkhead – wrote the 'burning platform memo’ three years ago, and pushed Nokia to drop its own Symbian OS and MeeGo activities, and adopt Windows.

Nadella’s strategy is more nuanced. He wants Windows phones to be the leader in dual use: when users need business and personal capabilities on the same phone. You don’t hear that nuance in Elop’s memo.

I bet that Elop will soon be out, and Nadella will put one of his more trusted and less tarnished executives in place.