Bloomberg has a nice lengthy article on Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s Nokia Adventure that I suggest you go read right right now. One part I’d like to point out is when Nokia decided to put MeeGo in the backseat in favor of Windows Phone. It was when they realized MeeGo would not be able to keep Nokia in the game.
You can find this section on the 5th and 6th page of Bloomberg’s article.
On Jan. 3, Chief Development Officer Kai Oistämö walked over to his boss’s tiny cubicle to share his concerns about the MeeGo software that was supposed to be Nokia’s answer to Apple and Android. The pair decided to quietly interview two dozen influential employees about MeeGo, from executives to rank-and-file engineers.
Before the first interview, Elop drew out what he knew about the plans for MeeGo on a whiteboard, with a different color marker for the products being developed, their target date for introduction, and the current levels of bugs in each product. Soon the whiteboard was filled with color, and the news was not good: At its current pace, Nokia was on track to introduce only three MeeGo-driven models before 2014—far too slow to keep the company in the game. Elop tried to call Oistämö, but his phone battery was dead. “He must have been trying an Android phone that day,” says Elop. When they finally spoke late on Jan. 4, “It was truly an oh-s–t moment—and really, really painful to realize where we were,” says Oistämö. Months later, Oistämö still struggles to hold back tears. “MeeGo had been the collective hope of the company,” he says, “and we’d come to the conclusion that the emperor had no clothes. It’s not a nice thing.”
I know there are a lot of MeeGo fans on this blog, but I’m happy with Elop’s decision. I’ve been to the two previous MeeGo conferences and I haven’t seen any hints that it can compete with Android or iOS for the general consumers. I haven’t spent a lot of time with the current Windows Phones in the market, but videos of the upcoming Mango update give me an impression Nokia has a better chance with this platform instead of MeeGo. What’s your stance on this?