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 anuncia 3.500 despidos más y un futuro terrorífico para muchos empleados

En este caso, el punto de mira ha ido directamente sobre una planta de fabricación ubicada en Cluj, Rumanía (arriba en la foto), una fábrica a la que le acecha unos planes inmediatos de cierre, una acción que tiene la idea de llevar el volumen de trabajo a las plantas ubicadas en Asia y que prov […]

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.
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.

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.

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.

Nokia's First Windows Phone Outed

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Days after the official announcements of the N9 and N950, both of which are Meego devices that are not part of Nokia’s long term strategy, Stephen Elop released the first details of something “super confidential” code named “Sea Ray.” Did Elop really believe everyone would put their cameras away? 

Not sure if this has got me excited at all. In fact the N9 was probably the more exciting of the products so far. 

Why Windows Phone Sucks for India

it’s been barely a year since Nokia CEO Stephe Elop switched to Windows Phone for Platform and we have already seen some decent WP7 devices from Nokia.Arguably the platform isnt doingas great as nokia expect it to be.I remember Stephen Elop talking about how lucrative “swinging nokia’s 30% marketshare to Windows Phone ” is to Microsoft. But apparently WP7 Barely managed to acquire only 2% marketshare of key markets like Europe.And that includes all the manufacturers including samsung and HTC , not only Nokia.

Now India is quite different story from Europe & US market. Buyers here generally care less about the OS their phone is running (although this awareness increasing rapidly). And more importantly Nokia have HUGE following and brand loyalty in india.In india you can put a nokia sticker and sell crap like N97 in truckloads. So there’s a fair chance that WP might be successful in India , especially if nokia manages to bring low priced Apollo phones soon.

Now as i have said a few times on twitter, i believe windows phone is unsuitable for indian market. Indian market and consumers are very different from US for whom the WP7 is designed for . So the “features” of WP7 may translate as restrictions for indian audience. Here’s why:

Too much dependency on Internet :

Windows Phone OS is designed ground up as Smartphone OS. It expect users to be always connected. it introduced Live Tiles with mango update that dynamically shows and changes relevant information of the apps. these are very useful and the smooth , tasteful transitions makes these a pleasure to eye.most of these information is dynamically fetched over internet. Now india is a country with quite low internet penetration. a large percentage of smartphone owners dont even opt for a data pack. now imagine those live tiles with static info. yes, that means they will look & work as blunt as still images of WP7 interface suggest. Suddenly the most beautiful UI on mobile isnt as attractive anymore right ?

Limited Bluetooth Support :

Bluetooth is very ubiquitous. Bluetooth Sharing is extremely common in india. From pictures , to ringtone to videos to songs ,people share everything in Bluetooth. As @clintonjeff said “the concept of syncing doesnt exists in india, everything is Bluetooth’d over”.Forget about copyrights . its something that we naturally expect from any phone. so much so that people gets disappointed when $35 Nokia X1-01 doesn’t have Bluetooth despite having decent music player! now imagine your same kind of disappointment from $600 lumia. you instantly get some very angry nokia customer.

Also, not only file sharing. bluetooth is quite useful for connecting to internet also via Bluetooth DUN profile that i personally use a lot. unless nokia fix this soon, it is going to make some very disappointed customer.

Lack of browser options :

WP7 comes with mobile Internet Explorer , which to be honest isnt nearly as bad as its desktop counterpart . various benchmark test suggests that compared to stock android browser,they are not too bad actually. So what i am complaining about ? well rendering speed is not something that i give a damn about. We barely get 64-120 kpbs speed on most EDGE network. so data inflow isnt going to bottleneck browser anyway. But because the speed is so low many people here uses browser like opera mini. opera mini pre-render WebPages and compresses it upto 90% before sending it to mobile so for most sites it makes a huge difference. so people here loves opera mini. the numbers doesnt lie, india is now second largest country for opera mini usage. we indian NEED browser that need data compression. Even Nokia knows these , thats why they made their own opera mini alternative and bundle it with basic S40 phone .

But windows phone 7 , as typical iPhone fashion doesnt allow third party browsers . No third party browser means no opera mini. that makes Windows Phone practically for vast numbers of indian mobile phone users depending on EDGE.

Lack of expandable storage card support:

This is something that nokia spoiled us. i just cant imaging spending $100 (that;s Rs5500 in indian curency ) for a 16 GB bump in storage because i’m used to spending Rs 1000 bucks and buy a 16GB microSD instead. when an average user learn that his lumia isnt going to support microSD he will instantly feel ripped-off . the idea of “expandable memory” is so ubiquitous that even roadside stalls sells them. Now microsoft may argue that with skydrive providing 25GB space and cloud becoming increasingly important, we dont really need to store that much data on phone. It may be true in places where operator are fighting over who have best 4G speed. But in a country where data cap for 3G data starts from 100mb a month (yeah you read it right , one hundred megabytes) & EDGE data is capped at 60 kbps, the concept of cloud doesnt really exists. hopefully nokia/microsoft is working in it it’ll be solved with apollo update.

iTunes sucks , so does Zune

From my first Nokia smartphone i am used to popping my memory card in pc , copy / paste stuff i wanna put , reinsert card in phone and enjoy the media.And Ii recent years i didnt even bothered about converting videos because symbian and android both handled most of the popular codecs well. Now with WP it feels like 2005 all over again,when phones didn’t support standards well and we needed to convert each content in formats that phones liked. This is ridiculous, its 2012 already and we are thinking about native flac support. in android world we whine if our phone cant play 1080p video in some exotic format (even when we probably have a 480p display).ok forget, android, even two year old Nokia N8 played almost everything you through at it. This is the way we , nokia users do it microsoft , this is the way we we grew up. Stop copying apple . Just because apple can get away with crapware such as iTunes , doesnt mean microsoft can get away it zune too.

                    Remember this is not even a list of features that WP7 is lacking in. its just a subset of features that makes WP7 unsuitable for indian users. and i haven’t even started with numbers of apps or costs apps. or the fact that multitasking is sucks in WP. or that it doesnt support video calling.i was actually considering getting a cheap WP7 like lumia 710. But as i evaluated my usage and tried to mirror it in WP7 world i realised WP7 just doesnt cut it.This is microsoft product product, not nokia product. So no matter how bad my battery life my samsung android have, no matter how bad the audio quality is and no matter how cheap it feels , at the end of the day android gets the job done. and thats better than having a beautiful shiny piece of useless crap.