Outgoing Nokia chief exec Stephen Elop has his fair share of critics for jumping ship back to Microsoft, and it looks like that group is unlikely to get smaller anytime soon. Elop has admitted that Microsoft could eventually drop the Nokia brand from future products.
“What we have to decide is what the brand will be,” said Elop, who is in the running to replace Steve Ballmer when he retires from his position as Microsoft CEO next year.
“Because we have not decided what brand will be dominant for smartphones, that's work that's still ahead. And of course the way we'll go through that process is to assess with consumers what they respond most positively to, what conveys the best message and the best hopes of success.”
Elop though didn’t rule out the possibility that Microsoft could persist with Lumia, which remains one of Nokia’s better-known brands.
"Microsoft as a company, of course, has many brands: Xbox, Office, Surface and a variety of others. We have brands like Lumia. So we'll need to decide what the next step is from a branding perspective.”
Microsoft announced that it was acquiring Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.2 billion last month, a deal which will see Elop return to Microsoft, where he worked from 2008 to 2010 as head of the business division.
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