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Stephen Elop received a honorary degree from McMaster University which he attended 25 years ago, and in his guest lecture spoke about Nokia, Android and Windows Phone 7, and why he eventually came down on the side of the later.
He revealed, likely for the first time, that Android has always been the third choice, and that the issue has always been that Nokia did not feel they could differentiate on Android, the same OS used in volume by many other OEMs.
He also debunked the idea that the Nokia board was just presented with a stark choice of Windows Phone 7 or nothing on the day before the announcement, saying the board had been regularly involved in the decision process.
He again emphasized that Nokia phones will differentiate not in the software per se, but in traditional Nokia strengths like imaging and maps.
Lastly he revealed he had stood in line for an iPhone in the past, something which should help counter the perception that he has always been a Microsoft stooge.
The full presentation is more than an hour, but for those looking for a deeper insight into the man in charge of the worlds biggest phone company, it is well worth the time.