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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Interesting
by martini on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:14 UTC
martini
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2006-01-23

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: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6113/6328613380_42966b69bf_o.jpg

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

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RE: Interesting
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:22 in reply to "Interesting"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Assuming the deal goes through, I would be quite surprised to see Motorola Mobility continue as a Google-branded phone manufacturer.

Either Google will keep the patents and spin them off as an independent phone maker with a mutual patent defense agreement, or else sell their design and manufacturing capability to the highest bidder.

Google sells advertising, not phones.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by MechR on Fri 6th Jan 2012 03:59 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
MechR Member since:
2006-01-11

They should give phones a try. Nothing too hands-on that might spook other manufacturers; just set a mandate for, say, vanilla Android with prompt updates, and let Moto figure out the details.

This is their big chance to do something meaningful about the whole "fragmentation" thing, and force at least one manufacturer to get with the program re: Android updates and show the others how it's done.

IMO they'd be crazy to just let that go, after spending so much money on Moto and (hopefully) getting through the approvals process.

Edited 2012-01-06 04:00 UTC

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