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Microsoft Buys Nokia for $7.2B


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted September 03 2013 - 03:22 AM

http://www.wpcentral...nts-544-billion

 

t's been something mused over for the past few years as a "what if" scenario, and tonight it has come to fruition: Microsoft is buying Nokia's Device and Services Unit and licensing the company's patent portfolio. Since partnering with Microsoft in early 2011 and launching the Lumia line of Windows Phone handhelds Nokia has held a leading and premiere position in the Windows Phone space, though they have struggled to gain significant market share and profitability even with the financial support of Microsoft. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, with Microsoft paying €3.79 billion for the Devices and Service Unit, and another €1.65 billion for the licensure of Nokia's patent portfolio.

 


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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted September 03 2013 - 06:13 AM

I bet you can guess how I feel about this!  =)


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Posted September 05 2013 - 05:33 AM

I am picturing Stephen Elop addressing the MS board with a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner hanging behind him.

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Posted September 05 2013 - 05:57 AM

It appears they aren't done.. Blackberry is apparently going on Auction, and Microsoft is one of the key suitors.

 

http://www.zdnet.com...-it-7000020254/

 

Blackberry looks to raffle off it's carcass by November.  


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Posted September 06 2013 - 09:17 AM

I use a Blackberry for work and absolutely hate it. The OS is so slow and laggy and battery life is about 4 hours.

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Posted September 08 2013 - 07:45 AM

When Sears bought Penny's, the comment was it was like two drunks trying help each walk down the street.

This isn't nearly so bad. But we see MS buying out of desperation and fear, and not buying with a confident plan for success.

They'll keep minting money for years with Office and Windows. But can they gain relevance in the mobile world?

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Posted September 08 2013 - 08:17 AM

When Sears bought Penny's, the comment was it was like two drunks trying help each walk down the street.

This isn't nearly so bad. But we see MS buying out of desperation and fear, and not buying with a confident plan for success.

They'll keep minting money for years with Office and Windows. But can they gain relevance in the mobile world?

 

I think you have to  put this in perspective.   Apple and Google had years of a head start.   By that token, Windows Phone is doing quite well, actually:
 

http://news.cnet.com...os-and-android/

It's at a near 100% year over year growth, and has already passed iphone in new unit sales in places like Mexico, etc.  It's also firmly put itself as the third smartphone brand, having basically run blackberry out of the market.

 

Now, it needs to do more in the US to get adoption, that's true.. but I can't imagine they are wildly disappointed at this point. 

 

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported that at the end of July Windows Phone dominated 8.2 percent of the five major European markets, including the UK, France, and Germany. It has also increased its market share in other countries worldwide, like Australia and Mexico.

 

"Android and Apple take the lion's share of the headlines and continue to dominate smartphone sales, so it's easy to forget that there is a third operating system emerging as a real adversary," Kantar strategic insight director Dominic Sunnebo said in a statement. "For the first time the platform has claimed the number two spot in a major world market, taking 11.6 percent of sales in Mexico."

http://news.cnet.com...os-and-android/

 

The problem with the internet is there is this instant assumption if you aren't #1 in the market right off, you're a flop.  Now, I could say that about WindowsRT (which, as members have pointed out, now that we're on Intel's newest generation, I expect thin low power I3 tablets with ease and good battery life running full Win8), but WP8 is, frankly, quite good.   And while "it's nearing 8% global sales!" sounds terrible, realize that Android is broken up into a ton of different phone manufacturers; it's 68% isn't really "68%" it's a bunch of 8,9,4, etc. percentages (LG, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and off brands) with Samsung being the most dominant, but you're still dividing that 68% a lot of different directions.


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Posted September 08 2013 - 01:26 PM

I think you have to  put this in perspective.   Apple and Google had years of a head start.   By that token, Windows Phone is doing quite well, actually:
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It's not doing well enough to keep Nokia in business, apparently.

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Posted December 23 2013 - 10:27 AM

What the flipping flip????

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Posted December 23 2013 - 11:26 AM

Huh? Don't you mean K-Mart?

 

When Sears bought Penny's, the comment was it was like two drunks trying help each walk down the street.
 



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Posted December 23 2013 - 01:15 PM

I think you have to  put this in perspective.   Apple and Google had years of a head start.   By that token, Windows Phone is doing quite well, actually:
 

http://news.cnet.com...os-and-android/

It's at a near 100% year over year growth, and has already passed iphone in new unit sales in places like Mexico, etc.  It's also firmly put itself as the third smartphone brand, having basically run blackberry out of the market.

 

So, if I sell one phone the first year, two the 2nd year, and four the third year, is my product a success? ;)

 

Being #3 behind Apple and Android, in this case, is like finishing in 3rd place at the Super Bowl. :P



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Posted December 23 2013 - 02:15 PM

I wonder when Hewlett is going to get around to doing something with Palm...that has any weight with the marketplace...



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Posted December 23 2013 - 04:52 PM

I wonder when Hewlett is going to get around to doing something with Palm...that has any weight with the marketplace...

Likely never.
http://www.reuters.c...E91O0R820130225

They sold webos to LG.

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Posted December 23 2013 - 04:53 PM

Huh? Don't you mean K-Mart?

Yep, you're right :)
http://money.cnn.com...00/sears_kmart/

Penny's was headed up by former apple retail chief Ron Johnson, but to no effect.

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Posted December 23 2013 - 04:55 PM

Likely never.
http://www.reuters.c...E91O0R820130225

They sold webos to LG.


I was actually telling a "joke". The part of Palm that HP kept was re-named...

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Posted December 23 2013 - 04:56 PM

Nokia was close to releasing Android phone (per news a couple weeks ago).
So maybe the purchase was an act of desperation?
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Posted December 23 2013 - 06:54 PM

But wtf are they thinking with this marketing?

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Posted December 25 2013 - 03:23 PM

But wtf are they thinking with this marketing?


Just watched it. Very strange ad. It felt like an attempt to be edgy and relevant by someone who doesn't know US culture. That is:

Nokia & Windows 8: The mullet of tablets.

Not a good marketing message.




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