Last year, Microsoft officially acquired Nokia, the company’s mobile division swiftly merged with Microsoft and quite a few key employees stayed on. However, now around a year later, Nokia’s former CEO, Stephen Elop, is leaving Microsoft, alongside a few other key members of the Nokia mobile team as Microsoft re-organizes its mobile team.
The announcement came today from Microsoft, with the company saying that it was “aligning engineering teams to strategy”. Kirill Tatarinov, Mark Penn and Eric Rudder will also be parting ways with Microsoft.
This news isn’t too surprising, after all immediately following the Nokia merger, Microsoft let go of around 20,000 employees, most of which were former Nokia employees, although some of the Windows team were also out of a job.
In a statement on Elop’s departure, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said that “This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace”. Now the Windows and mobile teams will be working closer together in a new Windows and Devices Group, headed by Microsoft’s head of operating systems, Terry Myserson.
Once again, this is all part of Microsoft’s new device and services strategy, which came in to place when Satya Nadella took over the company. This also comes ahead of the official launch of Windows 10, which takes place on the 29th of July.
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KitGuru Says: Microsoft let go a lot of Nokia employees following the acquisition. Additionally, the company is taking a whole new approach to mobile and Elop likely didn’t fit in to that vision.