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Nokia CTO takes leave of absence - over MS deal?

Nokia's Chief technology Officer, Rich Green will be taking a leave of absence from the company for what is being reported as "personal reasons."  Nokia has officially confirmed Green's departure, but will not specify the length of leave, nor the reasons behind.  Finnish paper Helsingin Sanomat says that two inside sources have told them that that Green will be gone until at least the end of the year and is actually not expected to return at all.  This, they say, is due to a fundamental disagreement with the direction of the company, primarily, Nokia's decision to move exclusively to Windows Phone for their mobile devices.

We first met and heard from Green at Mobile World Congress in February and at least publicly, he seemed absolutely enthusiastic about moving forward with Windows Phone.

This is just more thing that Nokia did not need to happen in an already trying week.  They have recently seen their stock prices plummet, their credit ranking degraded and rumors surface of a buyout.  The partnership with Microsoft seems likely to either make or break the company, though to be a savior, it needs to happen soon.  Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, has big plans for WP7 and hopes to see Nokia-branded WP7 devices by Q4 this year.

Source: Helsingin Sanomat; Via: Cellular-News

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MastrMeatWad says:

I wish Nokia the best. It is unfortunate. Nokia was my first personal cell phone back in the early/mid 90's. I never bought the really huge cell w/ the backpack of the 80's. hehe

azimutha says:

If the guy's not on board why should he stick around?

Super2online says:

Agreed, he shouldn't stick around as this always creates nothing but water fountain gosip that usually centers around some type of hate and discontent which quickly spreads and infects the moral of everyone it touches. If indeed he is unhappy, this is for the best.

sosl0w says:

I've been wanting a WP7 phone for the past 3-4 months. I am waiting for Nokia's phone specifically to come out and I know of a handful of others that are doing the same. I think there stock is going to go back up considerably once they actually release a device.

Nataku4ca says:

yarg, more competition for me lol

GP07 says:

I bet it's less to do with WP itself and more to do with Meego getting backburned as much as it has been. With MS doing the software and OS work Nokia just needs to make good hardware and make sure it's Nokia services like Maps etc work right, that's it! If anything there's LESS WORK for Nokia to do now.