Microsoft buying Nokia

Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby eric » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:28 am

Knew it was only a matter of time. Glad I bought stock.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/2/468853 ... dows-phone

One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's Devices and Services unit, bringing the Lumia lineup under the Redmond roof. The move unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware supporter, giving the company the integrated mobile offering it's been looking for with Surface and other devices. When the deal closes in the first quarter of 2014, Microsoft will pay 3.79 billion Euros for Nokia's business, plus another 1.65 billion Euros for its portfolio of patents. (The 5.44-billion Euro total is considerably less than Microsoft paid for Skype in 2011.) 32,000 people are expected to transfer from Nokia to Microsoft, including 18,300 that are "directly involved in manufacturing."


Like Google, Microsoft is following the Apple model. Now, you can't just hope to sell your operating system in the mobile device world and hope that other companies make a good hardware device for you. You must have complete control over the ecosystem.

Idk what the next step in that evolution is for Google and Microsoft. But buying Nokia and Motorola were pretty obvious choices.

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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby Stratego » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:20 am

I like the decision.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby uebermann » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:26 am

Microsoft just doesn't understand "too little, too late," do they?

You'd think they'd have learned from their very recent tablet failure. Oh well, I can't say that it bothers me to see Microsoft making more stupid decisions.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby eric » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:47 pm

They have no choice. They must sell tablets and phones. It's their best choice.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby Darkhorse » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:20 pm

So who is going to buy blackberry?
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby PoS » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:25 am

Well I guess Im no longer gonna buy Nokias.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby uebermann » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:54 am

eric wrote:They have no choice. They must sell tablets and phones. It's their best choice.


Then your better option is to partner with someone that isn't hemorrhaging money by the buckets. Nokia has lost billions and has a credit rating of junk. Microsoft isn't exactly known, as of late, as a "hip" company and their last attempt at doing something like this - the Kin - was an abysmal failure.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby eric » Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:09 am

There isn't anybody else for them to buy.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby Professor » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:50 am

Perhaps not such a bad move. If they can market their phones to the blackberry market, and capture some of the Android people, then they will have a comfortable 3rd place in the market.

And, it's not hard to see how they could muscle out Blackberry. Blackberry is only in business because the business crowd still goes with them. If they can make their phones seamlessly integrate with Office and other business applications, then they can fell Blackberry.
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Re: Microsoft buying Nokia

Postby exploited » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:50 am

Blackberry... sigh... I don't know what kind of moron there decided to focus on the consumer market, but goddamn, I hope they've been fired.
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