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 kurkosdr on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:53 UTC
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I hope this is a smart move by Nokia to get rid off their failing *Windows Phone smartphone division* so they can focus on Symbian OS (the Nokia 500 and Nokia 700 are the only Nokua smartphones that are selling well) and MeeGo.

I know, I am a pathologically optimistic person...

Edited 2012-01-05 12:55 UTC

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RE: Hmm...
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:07 in reply to "Hmm..."
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Pathologically. ;-)

MeeGo is no more, Intel having transitioned it on to something called Tizen (I trust they're using random name generators here). But Tizen is descended from the Moblin-side branch of MeeGo, not the Maemo-side branch, so Nokia wouldn't touch Tizen. Though Nokia could probably just roll Maemo-side MeeGo into a new mobile OS called Miezo. Or whatever. [Edit: zima points out above they actually called it "Meltemi". You can't make these things up.]

I get dizzy just thinking about it.

Edited 2012-01-05 13:18 UTC

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RE: Hmm...
by Nelson on Thu 5th Jan 2012 18:43 in reply to "Hmm..."
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Failing how? All indications are that they've sold through their stock quite quickly, and the reception of the Lumia lineup has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Lumia is in very limited markets at the moment, because the roll out is a staged one due to the logistics of the thing. However, expect sales to ramp up significantly in the coming months.

At least in the US, the success of a smartphone platform is multifaceted and a large part comes from carrier willingness and proper incentive. Nokia's assault on the US market will yield significant volume for Microsoft in my opinion, due to the fact that they have such an impressive marketing foot print and the fact that it will be ATTs Hero device.

It really is inevitable that Windows Phone will sell, and sell well. Carriers are absolutely terrified of placing all their eggs in the Android basket, and Windows Phone is the perfect opportunity to hedge their bets.

Once LTE lands, and especially once higher resolution screens are included in a Chassis, the carriers will be much more receptive.

On the other side of the spectrum, the price points possible by an economy of scale with the help of Nokia, should help Microsoft make significant inroads into the lower end market.

Windows Phone 7 is about a foot in the door. That foot in the door is around 5 million strong, with 50,000 apps. It by all means, did what it was intended to do.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by Phyx on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:46 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
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It's funny, You have the most sane response to all of this, based on actual facts. That the lumia 800 has been selling like hotcakes in countries where it's been released so far.

But you have a score of 1, since hey... it's OS News afterall. You get a good score by bashing something you've never even used.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by dsmogor on Fri 6th Jan 2012 14:29 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
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I too think its to too early to write off Lumia before US debut, but seeing how Elop haven't managed to push that phone running most US audience centred OS for Christmas season there only shows how lousy exec he really is.
The guy is clearly not doing any service to his proper employer and has been treating it as a dead man walking from the start.

Edited 2012-01-06 14:34 UTC

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