The two Steves of Elop and Ballmer may be waxing lyrical about ecosystems and partnerships, but not everyone in the world thinks the Nokia-Microsoft combo is the best thing since sliced bread.
Google thinks its a mistake, and that Nokia should have been assimilated into the Android Borg, while many Nokia employees have delivered their judgement with their feet. Now erstwhile MeeGo partner Intel has put the boot in too.
According to Reuters, Intel boss Paul Otellini says Nokia's decision to drop MeeGo like a hot potato and buddy up to Microsoft was motivated by money, and lots of it.
Speaking via conference call to analysts in London, Otellini claimed Nokia boss Elop had received “incredible offers – money” to steer the company away from MeeGo, which it had been working on with Intel for the past year.
He believes MeeGo would still have been the best option for Nokia, but that even Android was a better choice than Windows Phone 7.
“I wouldn't have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him,” he said. “MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it.”
Intel, however, isn't looking back, and Otellini still has high hopes for MeeGo – even dropping in a slight dig at Ballmer and Elop's incessant talk of a third ecosystem.
“We will find another partner. The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation,” he said.