Lee Williams, former Symbian Chief, states that Nokia is making a big mistake by focusing so heavily on WP7. He scolds WP7 and Android even more by saying it is not open and lacks functionality compared to Symbian.
He attacks, “Android is a less capable offering than a few options that still exist within Nokia. It’s certainly not what I would refer to as an open system. More than that, I think that Nokia has little opportunity to differentiate here in the near term…” He then preaches, “Symbian is shipping on around 20 million new units a quarter as of today. When I was at the company it was responsible for seven of 10 of Nokia’s highest gross margin products. Think of those volumes. There were dozens of products that shipped in the tens of millions.”
After his rant about android he starts up on Windows phone 8 by arguing that the new OS isn’t revolutionary or a market changer. Williams then proceeded to say, “Everything ‘Windows 8 has a big question mark on it right now, and it should be this way. Microsoft is notoriously late on delivery…”
After all of that he still had the audacity to attack Nokia’s current CEO, Stephen Elop, by saying he is struggling and says Elop has presented a roadmap for the company’s new direction. Here is the exact quote, “As an arm chair quarterback, it is clear to me that Elop is struggling. The results speak for themselves. Elop hasn’t delivered a roadmap. He’s been there for two to three years and there’s really no roadmap.”
Williams comes off as a Rabble Rouser to me because he attacks Elop, Microsoft, and Google; he is mad that Stephen Elop didn’t choose to go with his Symbian OS. What are your thoughts on all of this chaos?