I’ve been hearing a lot about Nokia and Microsoft recently. Last week i read an open letter to the CEOs that talked about a possible ‘Team up’. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft executive, said last week that Nokia “must build, catalyze and/or join a competitive ecosystem” to adapt to a faster-moving industry. His comments fanned speculations that Nokia may adopt Windows Phone 7 or Android for its devices. [more on Times of India]
Today Engadget published a 1300 word memo written by Elop to Nokia’s employees. [Engadget.com: Stephen Elop's memo to Nokia employees]
- “…there is intense heat coming from our competitors, more rapidly than we ever expected. Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.”
- “They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.”
- “Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.”
- “We have some brilliant sources of innovation inside Nokia, but we are not bringing it to market fast enough. We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.”
- “…Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements…”
- “Our competitors aren’t taking our market share with devices; they are taking our market share with an entire ecosystem.”
- “We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.”
- “Nokia, our platform is burning.”
So, now everybody is waiting for the big announcement, whatever it is, its going to be interesting It’ll either be Android or Windows Phone 7, lets see..
But one thing is very clear: Symbian and MeeGo are going to die it seems.. Symbian was no 1 in terms of units sold, but it was never a great platform that iOS, Android, or WinP7 is. Developing on Symbian has been a pain and still continues to be same.
This whole thing also reminds me of recent sequence of events, like Microsoft’s strained relationships with Intel because of Intel inclination towards MeeGo and MS’s refusal to support Atom processors for Windows Phone 7.
Waiting for feb 11….