Microsoft 'betrayed' Finland, says Finnish finance minister of layoffs
Finland's Minister of Finance Antti Rinne has said Microsoft has "betrayed" his country. Rinne is angry with the layoffs announced yesterday, 12,500 of are due to Nokia's Devices and Services division, which Microsoft acquired in April. Rinne feels that Microsoft hasn't lived up to the commitment it made when the acquisition was originally announced, according to Finnish business paper Kauppalehti:
Has Microsoft betrayed Finland with the recent layoffs? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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But God forbid that I buy a samsung.
Almost correct except that Nokia carried on with Symbian when the rest of the world was into Android and IOS. If Nokia had gone Android back in the day they would have been a major player in today's smartphone market. As good as Windows phone is today, I fear it is too little, too late and obviously wasn't enough to keep Nokia in business.
And unfortunately the sort of denial that you have just displayed was also displayed by many others, including developers. This is why Nokia cease to be no more.
Now that makes sense. Honestly, I dare say even a BRILLIANT move on Microsoft's part. The only thing that still irks me is that Nokias engineers are what made the phones so solid. Buying current hardware and parents is great, but when said devices become legacy, you are tasked with creating new devices that are not only familiar to brand loyalists, but highly innovative. Doing so with different people at the helm will prove to be an interesting feat.
Android absolutely would have not been sucessful for Nokia, no way. Thats such a miconception, there is no differentiator and they would have lost in a straight out cost race with Samsung, mindshare with Google(Motorola) or high with HTC. Nokia had "fail" written all over them. MS never let anyone down, they've actually given a home to many ex Nokia employees, just not all of them. A shame for those on the wrong end, but a long term future for many who are now in the warm bossom of cushy MS.
Do you remember Nokia N900? That was a high tech smartphone for geeks based on Linux! Best choice after Symbian but they failed. Symbian was good too
Shame on Microsoft.
Would Nokia have failed without Microsoft? I don't think so.....they would have carved out an excellent position in the Android space.
I dare say - given their corporate values - Nokia could have also been an iOS licensee. I personally would have loved an iOS device with Nokia's unique software and hardware.
Windows Phone had potential. I think it may have just blown that after this ridiculously bad week of news!!
Imagine what they could have done with an OS that actually gave them the flexibility to innovate. We wouldn't have had to wait so long for all of the features that we have only just received now.
The smartphone world is a vastly poorer place with bungling Microsoft owning Nokia.
Also, I only bought into Windows Phone because I valued Nokia as a company. Now we no longer have Nokia, do I really value Windows Phone? Probably not.
Nokia has the most advanced cameras, microphones and call quality. They were ahead of the curve with OIS, wireless charging and value added software (Nokia Camera, MixRadio, Creative Studio etc).
Not to mention, they have a vastly better support network - and better software solutions for fixing software issues that may arise.
Nokia are currently ahead of Samsung....the 930 & 1020 camera proves that.
Just a shame that Microsoft are going to stop the innovation.
2- Not happy with getting rid of asha and Nokia x
3- Not happy with losing Mixradio
4- Not happy with losing Mclaren.
5- If Microsoft didn't see a future in Nokia, they shouldn't have bought it.
And where are the true successors to the 920, 925, and 1020? Sorry but I don’t consider the Icon/930, or 16GB phones, or phones without Glance or wireless charging built-in, or any of these 512 MB ram devices with no front cameras successors. There has not been any marketing for Windows Phones lately either. Whatever happened to the cool commercials showing off the cool WP OS functionality, or how great the low light cameras are, or the Don’t Fight Switch ad? MS better announce some positive news soon or I suspect a lot of people will be jumping a sinking ship!
Of course Microsoft would do this, everyone in Finland was expecting this... Everyone except the Finnish government, clearly.
So I don't know if this is really treason. It's just Microsoft being Microsoft. They are only concerned with one country: The US. It's been this way for ages.
Even if Nokia was in bad shape, I think it would have been wiser for the Finnish government to directly inject money into the company but now it's done...
Well, Nokia is yet another slaughtered company in the name of money ...to those upstairs.
It's not like the layoffs are only in the newly acquired Finnish branch ... Microsoft also laid off people from Redmond & others from around the world. I don't feel Microsoft betrayed Finland or anyone else ... Don't get me wrong, layoffs sucks & I feel bad for the laid off employees ... But it was bound to happen either way ... Sooner or later.
AND one other thing people saying Nokia is dead anyways remember even if they launch a flagship phone(1520/930) running Android, within a year they will be one of the top Android vendors... And hopes of Microsoft's WP even becoming a third place legitimate OS would be in dust.
WP is what it is today just because of NOKIA
*I don't care or want a low end phone.* Maybe phone will come this year...but it better be a high end model.
I want someone to kill Stephen elop, he is the main culprit and the devil
I do want to give some serious credit to the team developing WP 8.1. Been on it for months and love it! In the end, you need a phone to run it on though. Microsoft, offer flagship phones!
Oh wait... Do you hate Microsoft that much?
Their own people are responsible for the loss of the old Nokia, and Microsoft is responsible for salvaging what is possible from the impending train wreck
2. Give the independent (non-employee) directors of a target company the right to veto a tender offer or the acquisition of a controlling interest, subject to reversal by a shareholder vote.
3. Require tender offerers to file “community impact statements".
4. Prohibit open market purchases by one corporation of more than 20 per cent of another’s stock.
5. Deny successful acquirers a tax deduction for interest on debt incurred to finance their acquisitions. Venture capitalists and corporate predators see waste as greater sales, corruption as power, tax escapes and consumer penalties as profit centers and unilateral control as their birthright. Our political freedoms as well as our economy is out of control. Let's not take our eye off of those who wish to stripmine our political and economic freedoms as if its labor force had no sovereingty. Let your voice be heard!
Probably the layoffs within Nokia are in those areas.
I'm expecting a lot of the 12.5k are ex-Microsoft heads, given Nokia's obvious culture and productivity talent in comparison.
Yes, there will always be some mistakes made in integration programmes executed at pace, but we should give MS some credit.
They are saving Nokia, Finland and Windows Phone.
Who else would have done that?