Since the August announcement that Steve Ballmer was out as CEO of Microsoft, more than a few rumors have surfaced on who would take his place - one of the more titalating of these being former Nokia head Stephen Elop. Today's suggestion from anonymous sources speaking with Bloomberg is that Elop has a non-finalized strategy for the company which includes two major changes. One of these changes is a refocusing of efforts for the company: away from Office software for Windows and towards Office for Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
We already know Microsoft is on the hunt for a new CEO with current CEO Steve Ballmer having announced that he would be leaving Microsoft. Early on there were several big names tipped to be on the list as potential candidates to replace Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The leaked list included Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, and Oracle president Mark Hurd.
On September 2, it was revealed that Microsoft had acquired Nokia's Devices and Services business, something that is in the final stages of being wrapped up. In an interview with The Telegraph today, Nokia's Stephen Elop spoke about this, saying that it is possible that Microsoft could drop the Nokia brand on smartphones in the future.
Nokia will reveal six new products, including smartphones, entry-level devices, and its first Windows tablet at an October 22 event, insiders claim, a broad refresh of its line as it tries to claw back attention to devices rather than the Microsoft acquisition. The Abu Dhabi launch will consist of "several" Lumia Windows Phones, sources tell the WSJ, in addition to a number of S40-based handsets aimed at budget users; however, it's likely that the much-rumored "Sirius" tablet will be star of the show.
When Microsoft, perhaps a bit unsurprisingly, announced its acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business, much speculation has been made about the future of what was once the strongest phone brand in the world. It seems that outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has implied one of the first things that has to go: long, unremarkable names.
As Microsoft acquires Nokia's phone business, a shuffle of industry players is happening - starting with Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's soon-to-be-former executive VP of design. An announcement of this departure was made just as the Nokia-Microsoft deal was made, with added note that Ahtisaari will be replaced by Stefan Pannenbecker - a man who up until this announcement was the Nokia VP of Industrial Design. This change-up will be made in November of this year, with word of Ahtisaari leaving to "pursue entrepreneurial opportunities."
Nokia's Lumia 1020 PureView might not need an introduction, but it may need an explanation. Announced with no small amount of fanfare (and hyperbole from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop) the new Windows Phone borrows Nokia's photography tricks from the notably-niche 808 PureView of 2012, refining it with Microsoft's OS and a more streamlined form-factor to make an attempt at the mass-market. That mass-market will get the Lumia 1020 on AT&T from July 26, but the 41-megapixel marvel has already been on the SlashGear test bench, so read on for our full review.
Nokia has announced its Q2 2013 financial results, with the company selling 7.4m Lumia Windows Phones though still making a €115m ($151m) loss in the three month period. The company improved on Q1, according to the full results [pdf link] released today, when losses reached €150m, and smartphone sales are up 21-percent quarter-on-quarter, though down 27-percent compared to the same period a year ago.
Thought the machine will be coming to the USA with AT&T first, but suggestions from the company itself have aimed the machine out with a wider field of vision, as it were. As the original Nokia Lumia 920 was all but exclusive when it was released in the USA (until advanced versions like the 928 and now the 925 as well, were introduced, it would seem that the word "exclusive" has some hidden meaning to it.