So that was 2013, and here's hoping it was a decent 12 months for all the Mobot faithful out there. But that was then, and 2014 is now, and Microsoft for one seems to have some ambitious plans for the year ahead.
With the Nokia acquisition now a done deal, MS is reportedly switching its focus to expanding the Windows Phone ecosystem and bringing some fresh hardware partners into the fold.
According to the solidly named The Information, Microsoft is in talks with Sony and is hoping to get the Japanese electronics giant on board for some fresh WinPho 8 handset action, with a view to getting a device on the shelves as soon as mid-year.
The site's unnamed sources stress that nothing has been agreed as yet, but suggest that if a new Sony WP device is on the cards, it could come with VAIO branding, and may be focused specifically on bringing the company's Sony Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services to the Microsoft ecosystem.
Microsoft is reportedly also working with ZTE to refresh its WP interest in 2014, and could be willing to slash or even scrap altogether its usual Windows Phone licensing fee.
All this comes in the wake of Nokia having ended 2013 with a massive 92% market share on Windows Phone, and considering how that will be absorbed into the Microsoft mothership soon, the company is clearly looking to drum up interest in rival manufacturers any way it can to keep Windows Phone as a viable “ecosystem”.