So, Nokia’s paper-launched their newest flagship phone, the N9.
The N9 is based (well, sort-of, anyway—something many media outlets have gotten wrong) on Nokia’s Linux-based operating system MeeGo, which they’ve been developing in-house for several years. However, in 2010, Nokia decided to switch their flagship mobile phone OS from MeeGo to Windows Phone 7—effectively aborting all long-term plans and products in the pipeline.
This has universally been regarded as a bad move.
The N9 was apparently far enough down the pipeline, and new products based on Windows Phone 7 so far, that Nokia released the device anyway. So far, the N9 is a hit.
The move to the new OS is considered the handiwork of recently-appointed Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. However, an article in the Helsingin Sanomat paraphrases Elop:
In Elop’s words, there is no returning to MeeGo, even if the N9 turns out to be a hit.
So, it doesn’t matter if Nokia’s own products are successful? The business deal made with Microsoft is more important?
I have taken part in the conversations with the teleoperators and I have been part of the consumer test groups. The feedback has been extremely positive and I am sure that the Windows Phone system will be a great success
And think: teleoperators and consumer test groups are one thing, but what about your own customers and developers?