“Finland will become the central hub of our R & D division telephone”: in 2013, Steven Ballmer then Microsoft CEO summarized the ambitions of the editor, who had just negotiated the purchase of Nokia to make a mobile turn more than necessary.
Three years later, it is clear that the strategy has backfired: Microsoft announced last week that he would proceed with the removal in 1850 of its mobile division positions while Windows Phone came under the bar of 1% market share. A halt to the development of Microsoft in this sector dominated today by Apple and Google.
But the side of the Finnish Government, the news aroused criticism. As Reuters reports, the Minister of Finance of Finland Alexander Stubb said he was “disappointed” the announcements made by Microsoft. He also reiterated to parliament that the publisher had promised and the creation of a data center in Finland, an ultimately unfulfilled promise.
The Finnish government has promised to watch closely to the accompanying measures envisaged to Microsoft employees affected by the job cuts.
Microsoft has formalized the purchase of Nokia in 2014, but now the manufacturer is struggling in the mobile market. Since the beginning of 2016, the Finnish press reports at regular intervals job cuts.
In several statements, Terry Myerson, vice president of operating systems at Microsoft, recalled that Microsoft did not intend to completely abandon the mobile market but a reduction in Microsoft’s activities in this area was inevitable.
Microsoft remains discreet about his ambitions for mobility and simply confirm that the publisher will continue to work on the mobile platform Windows 10 and on the development of its Lumia range, but gives no information on the development of new smartphones like the Surface Phone.