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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RE: Legal actions...
by _txf_ on Thu 5th Jan 2012 11:50 UTC in reply to "Legal actions..."
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2008-03-17

Wondering if that will finally wake up Bruessel and Finnish government to finally take the long overdue legal actions against Microsoft and Nokia's board.


What for?

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RE[2]: Legal actions...
by taschenorakel on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:04 in reply to "RE: Legal actions..."
taschenorakel Member since:
2005-07-06

What for?

personal enrichment, stock-manipulation, anti-competitive behavior, patent stealing, ... and what not.

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RE[3]: Legal actions...
by drahca on Thu 5th Jan 2012 15:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Legal actions..."
drahca Member since:
2006-02-23

"What for?

personal enrichment, stock-manipulation, anti-competitive behavior, patent stealing, ... and what not.
"

Probably nothing will happen. MS simply has an endless amount of cash and can buy itself into every market in which they don't even have to succeed because Windows and Office are such cash cows.

Of course Nokia failed to innovate for years and did not have a response to the iPhone. They could have fought and followed trough on their Qt everywhere strategy but instead they appointed a Trojan horse who destroyed the company from inside out by releasing a memo saying the company was standing on a burning platform. Elop made it sound like Nokia was on the verge of bankruptcy while they were still by a very wide margin the largest mobile phone maker in the world! The memo destroyed their software ecosystem, the spirit of their employees and killed the only true open mobile platform. All of this caused the stock price to plummet making them easy acquisition partners.

I do hope that there will be an investigation into all this and hopefully Microsoft will not acquire the Nokia patents. Because if Microsoft acquires most of the important patents, be prepared to pay even more Microsoft tax on your Android phones.

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RE[3]: Legal actions...
by ilovebeer on Fri 6th Jan 2012 03:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Legal actions..."
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

personal enrichment, stock-manipulation, anti-competitive behavior, patent stealing, ... and what not.

We'll just chalk this up to nonsense since you can't possibly expect anyone to take that serious. So yeah, like everyone else says -- not happening.

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