Finland offended by Microsoft for unfulfilled promises
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Steve Ballmer shakes hands with Steven Elop, CEO of Nokia in 2010-2013, who organized the deal with Microsoft and quit
two years ago, before buying the unit of Nokia Devices and Services, Microsoft did not stint on the promises. She promised Finland almost a digital paradise, promised to make a development and research center here, recruit new employees, build a large data center to serve European customers, etc.
It was completely different. This week Microsoft announced that it would cut 1,850 employees, 1,350 of them in Finland. This means an end to the development plans of your own phones. Finnish engineers are being fired, they have forgotten about the data center. The share of phones with Windows Phone operating system in the world marketdropped to a measly 0.7% in the first quarter of 2016. The
Finnish government criticized Microsoft for massive staff reductions and unfulfilled promises.
"I am disappointed in the light of the [broken] promises made by Microsoft, " Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb said at the parliamentary hearing. “One of them is a data center, which never materialized, despite the company's promise.” Microsoft in 2013 promised to invest $ 250 million in the construction of a Finnish data center.
The decline of Nokia's phone business, which began even before its purchase of Microsoft, is one of the reasons for the economic stagnation in Finland. Nokia Corporation from 1998 to the end of the two thousandth was the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phones. It provided a significant part of national exports and became a powerful locomotive for high-tech manufacturing, which dragged many related industries. But in recent years, Nokia has given way to Apple and Samsung.
Finland is one of the first places in terms of education . This is the first country in the world to legally secure the universal right of citizens to broadband Internet access . We remember that this is where the Linux kernel appeared. But now Finland is going through hard times: unemployment has reached 9.8%, and then there's Microsoft with its layoffs.
Finnish employment minister Jari Lindstrom said that the government intends to “seriously talk” with Microsoft about how the company is going to help the cut-down engineers. “The company should bear the greatest possible responsibility for what they did by firing people,” he said.