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MWC 2011: Look Out, Google

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:12:55 PM
re: MWC 2011: Look Out, Google

They cynics are saying that Elop's theatrical presentation also allowed him to keep his back to shareholders longer than normal.


Just saying.


ph

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:12:55 PM
re: MWC 2011: Look Out, Google

Indeed! 


He also tried to clear up a couple of other things: for one, he is not a Trojan Horse. Also, he said he's not the 7th largest shareholder in Microsoft. "That would be a very substantial sum of money which I don't have," he said.


Just in case anyone wondered about that.


 

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:12:54 PM
re: MWC 2011: Look Out, Google

At the event last night, he wouldn't specify how much he still holds, but said he had a minority of his original holding. He had to stop selling his Microsoft shares once talks between the two companies got underway. 


 

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:12:54 PM
re: MWC 2011: Look Out, Google

He should remind us all how many shares he does still own, just as a matter of course.


I don't see Elop as a trojan horse at all. He's banding together two companies who have lost momentum in the mobile space so they might be a stronger fighting force against Google, Apple and common sense.


ph

corwin0 12/5/2012 | 5:12:52 PM
re: MWC 2011: Look Out, Google

Phil - I would not say that both companies have lost momentum in the mobile space, Nokia has, Microsoft never had it.  That said, sticking two also-rans together does not make a substantial competitor.  The tech/telco world is littered with companies formed by the "we're sinking, quick, get married" motivation.  It rarely works - witness ALU.


 

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