Stephen Elop is Ready for Big Change at Microsoft

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In the three years he was in Nokia to "turn it around", sales dropped like a rock, shares hit an all-time low and at the end, cut the company in pieces and sold it.

I wouldn't trust this guy to change any company for the better.
 

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"Stephen Elop is Ready for Big Change at Microsoft".

In precisely the same manner in which he was ready for BIG CHANGE at Nokia?
Good luck, all you Microsoft investors.
 

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Nokia made Nokia lose a shitload of money. They were failing long before Elop was brought on board.
 

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Nokia was facing competition unlike ever before in its lifetime so blaming Elop entirely probably isn't fair. However, it could be argued that Nokia could have done better had it adopted Android early on. Microsoft should be counting its blessings that it didn't or else Windows Phone OS wouldn't have anywhere close to the success it has today as Nokia design and map technology are two of the top reasons to buy a Windows Phone
 

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That doesn't mean Elop could not or did not quicken the fall of Nokia.
 

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Nokia was still #1 when Elop took over. Symbian (I think that was the OS) had a greater share than MS ever has at about 15% but with their "dumb phones" they were #1 world wide. Elop's singular focus on Windows Phone killed Nokia. Their investment of about $5-billion netted them a loss in every market. They went from #1 to around 10. He was the guy who made the decision to jettison everything for Windows Phone. He's the guy who single handedly handed Samsung the #1 title. Yes, they had competition prior to Elop's tenure, but he nuked a ship that was bailing out the excess water. Windows Phone went from a handful of followers to alienating everyone. I'm sure it's not 100% Elop's fault but he shoulders a good amount of the blame and shouldn't be let anywhere near a company trying for a turn around.
 

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Many people do not realize Nokia already losing in all front prior Elop.
Without Elop or Microsoft, Nokia already in the same faith as Ericsson.

 

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True, but the decision to continue to neglect Android entirely in favor of Windows likely accelerated the process. Elop's former experience with (and likely bias in favor of) Microsoft was most certainly a major determining factor in this decision.

I'm not saying using Windows phone was a horrible idea as it helped differentiate Nokia from others, but there was no reason why Nokia could not have also released Android phones at the same time to appeal to a much wider audience.

Elop is also responsible for the terrible product marketing of the Lumia line. The alphanumeric naming scheme was convoluted and confusing in a market that favors simplicity. There was no opportunity for an individual flagship model to achieve any sort of recognition because of so many variants. Steve Ballmer himself admitted as much when MS took over.

My Fiance has a Lumia 928 and always tells people she has "The Windows Phone." I'm not sure she even knows it's called the Lumia or 928 and frankly doesn't care.

Elop hasn't shown he has any sort of outstanding insight into market trends or any sort of innovative ideology up his sleeve. He is most definitely the wrong person to lead Microsoft unless you want more misdirection.
 

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microsoft dont need a change, they need to do more of what they used to do, but better/more efficiantly. HINT ditch windows 8 metro ui, most people opt not to use it, or at least make it an option. Give us a productive business OS with good hardware support back
 

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The only thing Nokia needed to do, to stop losing market share, was to GO ANDROID. Not necessarily exclusively (Samsung and others also make Windows phones).

They have become #1 EXACTLY BY PLAYING ULTRA-LOW MARGINS GAME. Nobody could beat them there.

Becoming Microsoft's exclusive delivery boys was such a stupid move, that looks more like a sabotage than an attempt to improve things at Nokia.
 
He's just another suit. A part of the CEO club. In other words not the person to make new inroads for Microsoft.

It's funny that big companies always become big from innovators and entrepreneurs. Then when it comes to replacing the person it is always some suit. One whom does not have that personality to push and innovate. Rather they are just seen as safe bets to manage and maintain.
 

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The world will be a better place when the leaching claws of the CEO's are ripped from the body of a good company. Over paid, out of touch idiots with to much power put in charge. If a board was really interested in the bottom dollar they wouldn't listen to these pompous idiots but your base of engineers, technicians and real world users.
 

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From MS perspective, he managed to make Nokia stock price so low that MS can bought it for a bargain price.
 

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Only true with some CEO's - imo Elop would qualify tho. Alan Mulally would be a great example of someone who actually seems to be rather in touch with things. The same argument could be made for Steve Jobs as well. There are definitely many bunk CEO's in the world but they're not all bad. There are many engineers and technicians who couldn't build or sustain a business either.
 

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They would have probably been better off going for BlackBerry and using BB10 was WP10 or WP Enterprise edition.
 
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