5 things we learnt from Stephen Elop's AMA

Mobile & tablets

by Michael Moore| 29 April 2014

Nokia's former CEO spills the beans on Microsoft partnership.

On Friday, Microsoft completed its $7.1bn deal to buy Nokia's handset division, marking the end of an era in the mobile industry.

Under the deal, Microsoft will gain 25,000 former Nokia staff (meaning its workforce now tops the 100,000 people mark), as well as a number of Nokia manufacturing plants around the world.

But what will the effects of the deal be on Nokia's customers?

To try and allay any fears concerning the deal, Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO and now executive VP of the newly formed Microsoft Devices Group yesterday took part in a wide-ranging Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview on Nokia.com.

Here are the five key things we learnt from his answers....

He's still very much a Nokia fan

Due to his Nokia heritage, it was assumed by many that Elop had played a major part in facilitating the Microsoft deal, and he was accused as being a "Trojan Horse" by one questioner in the interview. Unsurprisingly, Elop denied this label, stating that the deal was the right opportunity to grow Nokia's handset business. "I have only ever worked on behalf of and for the benefit of Nokia shareholders while at Nokia," Elop said.

"Additionally, all fundamental business and strategy decisions were made with the support and approval of the Nokia board of directors, of which I was a member."

Nokia -branded smartphones are not long for this world

Under the terms of the deal, the Nokia brand name is available for Microsoft to use for its mobile phone products for a period of time, Elop confirmed. However, he said he believed that Nokia as a brand "will not be used for long going forward for smartphones".

"Work is underway to select the 'go forward' smartphone brand," Elop stated, as legally speaking, Nokia's Devices and Services business is now the property of Microsoft's newly-formed subsidiary, Microsoft Mobile Oy.

Post a comment

Comments may be moderated for spam, obscenities or defamation.

Join our network

791 people like this.
2233 people follow this.

Mobile & tablets Intelligence

Buy the latest industry research online today!
See more

Suppliers Directory

Privcy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.