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With Microsoft buying Nokia is this a good deal for the smartphone market?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:58

Hard to say at this point, I think.
Maybe M$ have deluded themselves into thinking combining Skype and a hardware make, they can exert pressure on the very telecoms that have shunned WP?

Good luck with that.
Maybe Elop will bring back Mobile Flash? Yay!

It'll potentially kill Nokia's featurephones. Dead. M$ will want tiles in as many hands as possible. Selling attractive (-ish) dumbphones that do most of what many people really need
would undermine an allround M$ WP push. But maybe I'm just stuck in the past? Maybe there aren't many people left who decide a dumbphone is good enough?

As to the 'rest' of the market? I don't see this affecting Apple at all. Not one bit. Over a long time, maybe. But M$ would have to do everything right, and how likely is that?

Android? Who knows? Android is a jungle. We see the big mighty animals and we know there's a lot of creepy crawlies who do the groundwork. Samsung is the other OEMs worst
competitor. Not Apple. Fact.

There's Tizen coming; and rumour has it HTC work on an OS.
It took how long for the rulers of phonia to take Apple's push into telephony seriously?
N97 anyone? 5800? In 2009 many commentators weren't convinced by the newbie Android... Only a year and a half ago BB had a 'boom' of sorts. Palm set some of today's standards - yes, in rudimentary form, but they did. Where are they?

If it takes Nokia's demise to bring about the end of M$'s hardware ambitions, I can die a happy grump :p

Beyond that: we'll see. Cause we sure don't know

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 13:39

Well, I just skimmed a dozen or so articles: seems to be a 50-50 split: good news for rivals. Bad news for rivals.

Maybe, Google's hardware partners will reassess their commitment to big daddy? Seeing where big daddy led Nokia and the other WP OEMs? Awww.... it's all so tragic. So sad. No wonder Syrians are down.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 13:43

here's an 'interesting' infographic re the significance of the Microsoft-Nokia deal => https://twitter.com/le3ky/status/374873966013607937/photo/1

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 14:08

via @socialjeebus and the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/03/microsoft-buy-nokia-mobile-phone (moved from a similar thread)

"Microsoft is to buy Nokia's mobile phone business for €5.44bn (£4.6bn/US$7.2bn) and the Finnish firm has said its CEO, Stephen Elop, will join the software company as part of the deal.

Both Nokia, once the undisputed leader in mobile phones, and Microsoft have been struggling to respond to the challenge from smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung.

Analysts say Elop's decision in 2011 to adopt Microsoft's untested Windows Phone software has yet to pay off.

The deal is expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2014 and is subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders and regulatory approvals. Nokia partnered in 2011 with Microsoft and uses Microsoft's Windows software to run its mobile phones.

"It's a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies," said Microsoft's outgoing chief executive, Steve Ballmer.

"Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft's share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services."

Nokia said in a statement it expected that Elop, along with senior executives Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber, would transfer to Microsoft when the deal was concluded. It did not say what roles they would take at Microsoft.

Elop, a Canadian hired by Nokia in 2010 from Microsoft, has been one of the favourites to take over as Microsoft chief when Ballmer steps down.

Nokia said its board chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, would take over CEO duties while the firm looked for a new CEO."

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