Microsoft had recently acquired Nokia which seemed like a major win for Nokia, but it seems that not everyone feels that way, especially since Microsoft has no plans to keep the Nokia brand around once the deal is complete. Speaking to The Verge, Anssi Vanjoki, the man who would have been Nokia’s CEO, felt that the deal was in his own opinion, “shameful, but unavoidable”. For those unfamiliar, Anssi Vanjoki was an employee of Nokia and worked there for 19 years before joining the company’s executive board. Many believed that he would be next in line to be Nokia’s CEO when instead they decided to elect Stephen Elop, after which Vanjoki decided to resign.
His comments were made after The Verge asked him for his thoughts on the deal. Apart from calling the whole affair “shameful”, Vanjoki also stated that the acquisition was a failure of Nokia’s chosen strategy and its implementation, but at the same time being the loyal Finnish, he stated that he hoped that Microsoft would be able to turn things around, “for Finland’s sake”. What do you guys think? Do you think Nokia being acquired by Microsoft was considered a “failure”, or do you think it was actually a win for the Finnish company?