Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jun 2012 20:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless JLG (we can suffice with his initials on OSNews, right?): "Nokia, once the emperor of mobile phones, shipping more than 100 million devices per quarter, is now in a tailspin, probably irrecoverable, taking its employees into the ground. And there is Nokia's chosen partner, Microsoft. What will Nokia's failure do to its future? Ballmer knows Microsoft can't be relegated to a inconsequential role in the smartphone wars. Will this lead to Microsoft going 'vertical', that is buying Nokia's smartphone business and become an vertically player, as it already is in its Xbox business?" Microsoft will eventually buy Nokia's smartphone business. I mean, it's not as if they have any other serious WP7 OEMs they can piss off with such a move.
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It's not like Microsoft doesn't habitually abuse its powers, and Microsoft buying the world's largest phone manufacturer (well, second largest now) is a bit more questionable than Google buying a small player like Motorola. Especially since they're already using WP7 (and Win RT in future) to lock out competitors like Mozilla and Opera.

Sadly, Nokia's demise does seem inevitable now that they decided to break all the eggs that didn't fit into Microsoft's basket. In a way, I even hope they don't recover, as that would imply Microsoft's success. I'd rather see a RIM comeback, with Blackberry 10 adopting Nokia's Qt and all.

Edited 2012-06-18 21:10 UTC

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