Stephen Elop At D9 Conference Highlights

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop took stage at D9 conference just after Microsoft previewed Windows 8. Here are the highlights from his talk,

    • Why couldn’t Symbian be the basis for the future? You get to Nokia, it’s the
      biggest cell phone maker. Elop: It’s competitiveness. My assessment and assessment of the team was pace
      of change by Apple and others. Symbian was at a deficit in some markets. Our
      assessment with the speed with which we could catch up would not be enough.
    • On choosing Windows Phone: the question they had to ask was “Is there sustainable long-term differentiation
      with what Android is doing?” Conclusion was more opportunity for that with
      Windows Phone.
    • Elop. We need Windows Phone to be a big ecosystem. Scale is important. “We need
      to help drive scale.”
    • What about rumors Microsoft wanted to by part or all of Nokia? Elop. “There’s absolutely no discussion. The rumors are baseless. It is as clear as that.”
    • On Poor Nokia sales at US: When you look at the challenges a lot of them are tied up directly to that. In
      2004, Nokia had 30 or 40 percent of the North American market, Elop said, but
      then North Americans moved to flip phones and Nokia said flip phones were less
      important.
    • No word on first Windows Phone availability regions.
    • On RIM: have huge respect for RIM, from my Microsoft days. But it’s no longer a war of
      devices, it’s a war of ecosystems
    • On Tablets: very important to make sure we’re playing in that space. But not announcing anything today.
    • Nokia has unique relationship with carriers as opposed to Apple and Google.
    • We believe in ourselves at Nokia.

 

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