In a clear warning shot across the bows of Nokia's senior management, nine young shareholders in the company have written an open letter protesting against the Microsoft deal and calling for new chief executive Stephen Elop's head.
The letter states that the nine shareholders plan to challenge Nokia's strategy at the firm's next AGM on 3 May.
They call for a return to ownership and control of the software layer, something the firm had obviously relinquished for the first time with the Windows Phone 7 tie-up, as well as a return to high growth and high profits strategy based on "innovative and ultimately superior products".
Even more controversially, they announced that if elected to the board they would immediately sack Elop, restructure the Microsoft deal with the release only of one or two WP7 devices and retain MeeGo as the primary smartphone platform.
"MeeGo smartphones and tablet devices will offer overwhelmingly superior experiences and applications than iOS and Android based competitor products," the letter states.
"To reduce time to market, all MeeGo R&D will be done in-house and in a single geographical location. If necessary, suspend cooperation with Intel and concentrate resources on innovation and releasing new Nokia MeeGo devices to market faster."
The Symbian platform should also be extended to a minimum lifespan of five years, with the aim of up-selling users on that platform to MeeGo.
The rebel shareholders also called for the heads of Tero Ojänpera, Niklas Savander and Mary McDowell and said the firm should aggressively recruit young software talent from top universities.
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