Nokia used to be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world just 8 years ago. Then suddenly everything changed, we could say overnight by a few questionable moves of the board and Nokia’s ex-CEO Stephen Elop. Everybody has its theory of what happened, and there were many posts, articles, videos, and documentaries trying to explain the end of Nokia, or its great Devices and Services division, and the transformation to what it is today. There were also two books written, Operatio Elop by journalists that were interviewing ex-Nokians, and by Risto Silasmaa, the soon the be the ex- Chair of Nokia’s board. While both books were based on facts, the latter one could be a personal testimony to great business success or coverup for the destruction of Nokia.
Well, Russian journalist, to some an ex-spy, sometimes controversial, Eldar Murtazin gave his review of Silasmaa’s testimony after seeing the book on shelves in Russia. Eldar might have had some rather strange prophecies about Nokia, but he sure followed it a long time to have a right to write his view on the situation that Silasmaa is writing in his book. According to Eldar, Silasmaa is just trying to cover for the mistakes of two different business strategies, fight for the rule over a company between Olila and him, duels of egos, and so on. The article posted on mobile-review.com is written in Russian, but with a little magic of Google Translate, you can read it in English and see how Eldar’s thoughts fit the whole story od Nokia’s demise.
According to Eldar, Nokia is now unstable because of the bad decisions made by Silasmaa who was one of the leaders of Nokia back in the days of Symbian shutdown and transfer to Windows Phone.
To me, Eldar has a few points, but you can’t just blame one side. A lot of things were happening in the Nokia, fight for the rule, fights of egos, duels of different business strategies, the will of new CEO to completely rule his company, but one thing is true. If Burning Memo newer existed, Symbian would have lived enough for Nokia to slowly transition to new OS alternatives, and Nokia would still be in the top 5 mobile phone manufacturers in the world. If Nokia stayed a manufacturer and just made great hardware and software, it doesn’t matter what would be the OS. MeeGo was just as good as Android back then, and Nokia could have made Android, MeeGo, Symbian, and Windows Phones.
I do recommend reading the post at mobile-reviews.com since it can offer you another perspective of what happened with Nokia.