Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2012 11:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This rumour is not new, nor is it particularly earth-shattering. However, with Windows Phone 7 failing to make a dent in the market place, and Nokia's Lumia 800 not making huge waves either, the rumour's been taken out of the shed again: Microsoft is supposedly acquiring Nokia's smartphone division later this year. Stephen Elop will resign from Nokia shortly afterwards.
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by martini on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:14 UTC
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This news is quite interesting.

If Microsoft is going to buy Nokia and produce his own smartphone, that marks the end of Microsoft as a software producer for OEM hardware manufacturers.

Microsoft was once the PC Hardware company savior against IBM with his "x86 - run on any hardware" Operating System, and now it will produce his own hardware.

MS makeing their own phones will lock the WP7 potential to the niche that it is right now.

This differs from Google when bought Motorola electronics. Android already had a good market position when Google make that move. It was very hard for other Phone vendors to get down of Android. But which phone maker is going to want WP7 on their phones competing with the same company that makes it?

The phone makers will notice Android advantage as saying "At least we have the Android source code"

Or maybe there is a plan behind all the patent agreement that MS has:

If this is true, it will be interesting to find out the details in the future.

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