(November 6, 2003) - The head of Microsoft's Mobile Devices division, Juha
Christensen, is leaving the company, sparking rumors that the company's
mobile initiatives may have encountered a speed bump or two.
Juha Christensen, a Danish national, was a cofounder of Symbian, Microsoft's
mobile market rival, but he left Symbian to join Microsoft four years ago,
where he was responsible for the launch of Windows mobile software products.
Christensen will leave Microsoft on December 1, to start his own San
Francisco Bay-area mobile devices services company. Christensen's departure,
just at the point when mobile devices are gaining in market strength, is seen
as a blow to Microsoft's efforts in building relationships with carriers and
"We can't comment on why Juha is leaving Microsoft," observed an IBM
spokesperson, "but, with his background at Symbian and th... (more)
Hoping to get a jump-start on next-generation network infrastructure,
Motorola has joined with Hewlett Packard in developing CSMA and iDEN
networks. Both companies are relying on Linux to help migrate to the latest
HP's partnering with Motorola is the first time HP has done so. However, HP
is involved with various other providers, like Ericsson, Lucent, and Nokia,
and plans to expand its offerings with them. HP director of worldwide
marketing, Joy King, said, "All are progressing at different rates."
HP went with Debian Linux, as opposed to its more frequently used Linux ... (more)
NEW YORK 07:30 EST - It's official. Sprint and Nextel is becoming "Sprint
Nextel" in what is being described this morning by both companies as a
"merger of equals."
Sprint chairman and chief executive Gary D. Forsee will become president and
CEO of the new company, and Tim Donahue, Nextel's boss, will become chairman.
The new COO of Sprint Nextel will be Sprint's president and COO Len Lauer,
while Nextel's CFO Paul Saleh will be its CFO.
True to the concept of a merger of equals, the Sprint Nextel board will
consist of 12 directors, six from each company, and each company's
Microsoft and Symbian, two companies that before today were considered bitter
rivals, have apparently found some common ground. The companies have entered
an agreement where Symbian will license synchronization software from
Microsoft. The London-based company said it intends to create software that
makes Symbian phones compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Symbian
said it will distribute the software amongst its license holders.
Microsoft is also making the technology available to Symbian clients as part
of the deal. Microsoft itself is continuing development of their ow... (more)
"Our already well-established presence in Dongguan made the decision to
expand the manufacturing facility easy. Dongguan is an elementary part of our
global manufacturing network as a cost-efficient and well-functioning
facility," said Raimo Puntala, Nokia's SVP of Operations and Logistics, Nokia
today announced its plans to expand its mobile device production in Dongguan,
"We believe that the expansion will further benefit our customers in the
highly competitive and rapidly growing Chinese and Asian market," Puntala
added. Dongguan is a strategic location for Nokia's glob... (more)