Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 21:21 UTC

Microsoft's agreement to buy Nokia's handset business, codenamed Project Gold Medal, was more of a sprint than a marathon.

Talks between the two companies began in February after both sides agreed a two-year-old collaboration on smartphone development wasn't working, according to people familiar with the deal.

This cannot be true. Internet commenters told me in no uncertain terms that Nokia and Windows Phone were doing just fine. And internet commenters are always right.

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by Gone fishing on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 23:18 UTC
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I don't think Thom's Mr. Elop is a Trojan argument works. For it to be true we need to see Elop as a Genius Machiavellian working with evil, strategic, clandestine Geniuses at Microsoft whilst those at Nokia are all bumbling idiots. On the other hand we could see both companies dominated by vision-less, apparatchiks floundering about for a handle on the future. Look at Microsoft's flagship product Windows, releases over the last decade - Vista, Windows 8 or Nokia's failure to embrace the smart phone. Which seems most likely?

As a rule of thumb I'd never put down to conspiracy what could be simply be stupidity.

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