I doubt anyone would argue that Nokia is doing very well at the moment. Much like the ailing RIM, I’m struggling to think of a time in recent memory that we've had an emphatically positive story about the manufacturer.
Now former Nokia guy Lee Williams has been sticking the boot in, quite openly criticising the Elopian era. It has been completely ****, to be fair.
In an interview with CNET UK, Williams has well and truly let rip. And just who the heck is he? Williams was SVP of Series 60 software from 2006 to 2009, before moving on to become Executive Director of the Symbian Foundation. He now works for some dudes in San Fran.
"As an armchair quarterback, it is clear to me that [Nokia CEO Stephen] Elop is struggling,” begins Williams. “The results speak for themselves.” Yeah, Q1 2012 was prettaaay pretty rubbish.
"Elop hasn't delivered a roadmap,” continues Lee. “He's been there for two to three years and there's really no roadmap. There's no overarching vision for this company. Before Elop, Nokia would never give up that leadership position and role in the marketplace, would always talk about the future." Oh dear.
"Elop is operating like a CFO - CFOs are very practical, always looking at costs, always internally focused. I don't think he's really projecting anything forward or sitting around with his team imagining what the future looks like. I think it's 's**t how do I get rid of a third of this overhead in R&D?'."
Williams isn't convinced that backing Windows Phone as its "primary smartphone platform" was a wise choice either. Not that the "less capable" Android was the answer either; it's all about variety; a few Windows Phones here, some MeeGo there.
"One size does not fit all, and I think technology religion is dangerous in a good products company. You cannot marry yourself to any one technology or way of doing something."
To read the (incredibly lengthy) interview in full, head over to CNET UK.