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Comment Re:Yes, StatCounter, not Netcraft (Score 3, Insightful) 277

The tale of Windows Phone is one of absolute hubris. Let me tell you the ways.

Microsoft thought, just by planting a guy to make Nokia move to WP, they could steal Nokia's exceedingly loyal users. But those people were not blindly loyal to the brand, they were invested in the roadmap: Symbian now, MeeGo soon. Without these, might as well go a completely different way. Especially when many were angry for the loss of MeeGo.

Ditto about carriers and app developers, who were counting on that roadmap. They had put a lot of money and work in preparing for MeeGo. The move to WP cost them a lot, so they were enraged and went with anyone but Microsoft.

The Skype acquisition didn't help either. Calls and messages for free? Carriers saw it as an existential threat. Microsoft got promoted from "those people are a headache" to "those sons of bitches are actively trying to murder us".

And WP may be decent now, but it was originally rushed. When the first Lumias came out, it was an incomplete mess without a possible upgrade. This meant lots of returned phones, a headache to retailers. So they also hated WP and discreetly guided potential buyers to a less headache-inducing alternative.

Microsoft was so sure they could buy success, they ended up stepping on everyone's toes.

Comment Incompetently written headline (Score 3, Insightful) 50

What an incompetently written headline: "desktop now available for PC and Mac" makes one understand that it is just a desktop environment running on top of Windows and macOS, replacing Explorer.exe and the Finder, but still the same operating systems underneath running the same applications. Which is not the case at all.

Comment Re:Nokia phones (Score 1) 128

Nonsense! Nokia was nowhere near bankrupt at the time. By Q4 2010 they were consistently profitable and Symbian still led at ~32% market share. Yes, other phone makers had moved away from it, but Nokia's own sales were mostly untouched - iOS and Android had grown mostly by taking customers from Palm, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile. And as Symbian was a more lightweight system, it would be easier to put it on low-cost devices. Expectations at the time were rather positive - if they could keep advancing Symbian and finally deliver MeeGo.

Elop's stint was an attempt at fixing things only the same sense as drinking poison is an attempt at quenching your thirst. It was a disaster in every way. The fact that he killed hopes for another MeeGo device after the extremely positive reception of the N9 shows clearly that he was there solely to advance Microsoft's interests, no matter that it harmed Nokia.

Comment Re:Nokia phones (Score 2) 128

No. That would imply he at least tried to act in favor of the company's interests with a modicum of competence.

Say, do you know the "Osborne effect" - when a company announces upcoming products too soon and kills demand for the current ones?

Also, do you know the "Ratner effect" - when a company's leadership publicly attacks its own products, ruining their reputation?

Put them together and you get the monstrosity of the "Elop effect".

That lunatic stated that the still immensely popular Symbian was not competitive, killing that cash cow overnight. What for? The WP-based devices meant to replace it were still several months away - and not only that, that system would have a reputation for lacking essential features for years. This means, all of a sudden the world's biggest cell phone maker had no viable smartphone to sell. The vacuum left by Nokia's suicide was promptly filled by Android devices. So you can see how Elop's leadership was immensely profitable... for Samsung!

A sane and honest person in his position at that moment would have praised and supported Symbian until its successor was ready. And by that I clearly mean MeeGo, not WP.

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