Score one for Microsoft? I don’t know exactly how the transaction when down but somehow they managed to pull away VP of of consumer and enterprise services Gavin Kim.
For those of you who don’t know about Gavin Kim’s work he is most famous for content and services related to the uber successful Samsung’s Galaxy products, such as the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9/10.1. So having him bring that experience and knowledge to the Windows Phones can’t hurt.
Plus this also mean that Samsung (a major smartphone player) will have a deeper connection to Windows Phones and hopefully will give it a 2nd or even 3rd look when developing new phones . In fact in an email to BGR they had this to say:
“Gavin Kim has departed Samsung Mobile and we look forward to working with him in the future,.. In his new capacity, he will continue to be part of the larger Samsung family through our partnership with Microsoft”
In the short term at this is very good for Nokia, a move by Microsoft that will bring a major smartphone maker closer to Windows Phone and strengthen the ecosystem . In the long term it is also good for Nokia. Mr. Kim’s experience and first hand know how of launching several hugely successful products to the American Market is a valuable missing link to the Windows Phone team.