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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

ecki Re:I think the strategy should be obvious (149 comments)

Well, I'd say the opposite happened: Nokia kept the profitable businesses (IP, network equiment, navigation) and transferred everything not worth keeping to Microsoft. And even got money in return. Pretty smart move.

about 2 months ago

Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

ecki Re:We'll see... (420 comments)

So was Symbian for a long time. Granted, the language around ramping down Symbian was much more drastic (but only for an internal audience), but there was no move to stop making Symbian phones outright.

1 year,14 days

Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

ecki Re:We'll see... (420 comments)

A classic case of innovator's dilemma I'm afraid.

When something cut off at the knees by the CEO is outselling his pet project five to one you know that the CEO is not working for the company that he's supposed to be running.

Which is very close to what Apple did with the iPad and Mac. Sometimes you have to be able to move past a dead end by drastic measures.

PS: Symbian (or to be precise, S60) was crap. Crap to use, crap to develop, and crap to develop for (I did all three). Good riddance.

1 year,15 days

Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

ecki Re:Fail (420 comments)

However, in 2009 and in 2010, Nokia was growing its sales...

Not true for the smartphone segment (which is what the burning platform memo addresses): (based on Garner data, similar graphs which go back far enough are easily found)

The decline started already in 2007, and Android started surpassing Symbian during 2010. The burning platform memo was from early 2011.

1 year,15 days

Symbian Sells Millions, Despite Nokia Pushing Windows Phone

ecki Re:no way (218 comments)

... of which none did deliver or were stillborn. The cross platformness of Qt was compromised from the start with two competing UI frameworks libdui for Harmattan and Orbit for Symbian. This is a good article about that mess. And from what we know about Meltemi, it would have been a third, incompatible framework.

Nokia did achieve only the minimum target for Symbian, and that is to retrofit Qt 4.8 to Symbian 9.2/^3.

Before anybody blames Elop for this, 90% of it happened before his time.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Reaches Milestone For 14nm Technology

ecki Re:fabless ecosystem? (123 comments)

Like Apple, currently shopping around for another chip manufacturer after Samsung raised prices, (to earn back billion dollar fine which will most likely be overturned on appeal).

Nice story, but not true.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Unveils Windows Phone 8 Device and Android-Based Camera

ecki Re:The Qualcomm question (179 comments)

I'm glad to see your comment already at +5 - it's spot on, couldn't have written it better. Qualcomm is the achilles heel for Nokia, and making a change to any other chipset vendor will be really hard. The ramp down of Nokia's production of own chipsets produced by TI is by the way another severely limiting factor for Nokia to continue to deliver any Symbian based devices (not that there would be a big market for them now).

Nokia's failed chipset strategy during the last five years is monumental, and deadly when combined with the Qualcomm lawsuit outcome.

about 2 years ago

Digia To Acquire Qt From Nokia

ecki Re:The greatness of Qt (152 comments)

For instance, it was used in Maemo - but then replaced with something GTK-based.

You got that the wrong way around. Maemo used GTK until the Fremantle release, but switched to Qt for Harmattan.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

ecki Re:Stanislaw Lem (1365 comments)

... or Fiasko.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone

ecki Re:Nokia is dead (105 comments)

They had the ... dominant dumbphone OS.

Uhm, they still have S40 and are still selling quite a bunch of S40 based phones (especially the Asha series). those 3 OSs simultaneously.

Nope, you couldn't target S40 with Qt.

more than 2 years ago

Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

ecki Re: O RLY? (1201 comments)

maybe having a resume that has software jobs continuously from the 80's thru the present is considered a give-away of your age and its immediately circular-binned by HR and most hiring mgrs?

Possibly... might be better to just list the last ten years.

more than 2 years ago

Operators: Nokia Would Sell Better With Android

ecki Re:Maemo/Harmattan/MeeGo even better (439 comments)

It was called N950, and was killed into "developers only" after Elop came.

No, it was killed before he came, around Summer 2010.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone Revealed

ecki Internal presentation (211 comments)

This was a company internal presentation, not for journalists. If you watch the whole video, it becomes clear that this was not a controlled leak, there are other references to ongoing work which I seriously doubt Elop wants to have out in public.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Introduces MeeGo-Powered N9 Phone

ecki Re:The team should spin out (252 comments)

Intel hired a lot of the Nokia people working on Maemo and Meego. I'm very curious what they can pull off, and I wish them good luck! Elop's concerns were not the technology though, but the execution. Shooting him as the messenger makes no sense.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Announces Qt 5 Plans

ecki Re:Why is Nokia spending money doing this? (129 comments)

You're paranoid. Plus the poison pill agreement is not relevant anymore now that Qt is under the LGPL (it was drafted before the license change). Check the work on open governance for Qt.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Announces Qt 5 Plans

ecki Re:Why is Nokia spending money doing this? (129 comments)

To learn from the former Trolls how to create great software. The framework is important, but so are the people working on it, and how they get things done.

more than 3 years ago

Outlook Inertia the Main Factor Holding Business From Google Apps

ecki Re:Secrecy (394 comments)

My workplace (over 100k users) just migrated to Microsoft hosted email. And we're in some areas direct competitors of Microsoft.

more than 5 years ago


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