Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO:

According to Elop, the N9 is a handset that relies more on the Qt application framework than its MeeGo operating system. Thanks for the Qt environment, the used applications can be programmed to work with three of the platforms used by Nokia, though not with the Windows Phone system.
In Elop’s words, there is no returning to MeeGo, even if the N9 turns out to be a hit.

Basically, Nokia is going to fully commit to the Windows Phone 7, which hasn’t shown its colors to be the talk of the town. Meanwhile, other companies are moving in a similar, backward trend:

Stephen Jarislowsky, a primary shareholder for RIM:

You should not have these two people at both positions because they have worked together all their lives and they are basically the same person, from point of view of policy.

Two heads are clearly not better than one, and the entire world is watching the company fall into utter collapse: Their stock has hit an all time low and is still falling due to rapid speculation and selling at record speeds. And behind door number three:

On Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO:

Greenlight Capital hedge-fund manager David Einhorn thinks so. “His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft’s stock,” he told a recent New York investment-research conference, according to Reuters. He also suggested it was time to “give someone else a chance” at the technology giant’s helm.

Steve has been called to step down by numerous people, and yet the board still backs him up as the future of the franchise. By the way: Gates has said no to the job.

Three big companies, three lousy people at the helm. Everyone knows change is needed, and yet there is this strong, stubborn grip on the past. In a time of needing competition and innovation, these companies, among others (HP) are sitting at a junction where they could either make some radical infrastructure changes, or sit on their laurels and suffer into near bankruptcy.

Okay — that’s a little strong. The fact is that Microsoft still dominates the global PC marketshare, Nokia still dominates the global phone share (though not in the US, specfically), and even RIM is still a prominent enterprise phone maker. However, short term thinking is not what makes companies successful. Apple thought about iCloud 10 years ago. Before the “digital hub” even existed (which, I believe, begins with the iPod), Apple had thought of that concept. Proactive innovation, not reactive to trends, is what brings a company forward.

I’m hoping the days of innovation aren’t over. There is a large opinion that we live in a world where there can only be one, dominant force in technology still. This is certainly not the case. While Apple is dominant with the music industry and their tablet industry, Microsoft is still utterly powerful in the PC space. And no one has figured out TV yet — in fact Steve Jobs says there isn’t a “go to market” strategy in the first place. There exists plenty of room for innovation in existing spaces, and even more in new, emerging markets.

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