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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You could have seen it comming
by drahca on Thu 5th Jan 2012 15:01 UTC
drahca
Member since:
2006-02-23

It is funny you call this news not particularly earth-shattering when almost a year ago you were in complete denial when Elop single-handedly destroyed any hope for Nokia's future.

" by drahca on Fri 11th Feb 2011
MS now controls Nokia's faith.


by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011

*sigh*

MS needs Nokia to succeed. For the second time, you need to get out of your 90s mindset. Microsoft does not have a monopoly. It doesn't get to order Nokia around. Microsoft sells three phones every month - Nokia sells about a 300 billion squintillion phones every nanosecond. In this deal Microsoft is the underdog.
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From http://www.osnews.com/thread?462047 .

I am still in a 90s mindset mind you. The patents Microsoft will acquire with this deal will only further damage the market and let consumers pay the Microsoft tax on all smartphones. It is truly sickening. I am not optimistic about the future for Nokia either. They will dwindle into irrelevance without their smartphone business.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It is funny you call this news not particularly earth-shattering when almost a year ago you were in complete denial when Elop single-handedly destroyed any hope for Nokia's future.


Yes, something I was clearly wrong about. I already said I was wrong about that months ago.

http://www.osnews.com/story/25250/Nokia_s_N9_Swan_Song_Be_Still_My_...

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Thom is still young so cut him some slack. We "all" knew Nokia was doomed and RMS is right, but maybe you have a little bit of experience to see these things.

I don't think Nokia is doomed. If they get a ridiculous price of the smartphone part (between what MS paid for Skype and what they were willing to pay for Yahoo) then Nokia could pimp their "feature" phone with Qt to be really cool cheap smartphone. Sure they'd have to compete with Android, but a lean mean Linux kernel with Qt ontop is so much more efficient than the Android stack that the user experience might be quite good.

Add a great webkit browser (Nokia ships Webkit longer than Apple on phones), navigation and Nokias unmatched reach to that mix and might have a phoenix here.

I would love to see a billion smart "feature" phone devices with Linux and Qt.

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drahca Member since:
2006-02-23

Add a great webkit browser (Nokia ships Webkit longer than Apple on phones), navigation and Nokias unmatched reach to that mix and might have a phoenix here.

I would love to see a billion smart "feature" phone devices with Linux and Qt.


Oh god do I hope you are right! I absolutely love Qt and you are right, it is so much more efficient than the complete Android stack and QML (or is it QtQuick now?) is just so nice.

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Could we also get a Nokia Qt-based "feature" tablet to complement the Qt-based "feature" phones? P-p-p-please?

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

RMS is right


Not everyone of age is that delusional.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

They will not get any sensible price for the smartphone part. Elop have made just about anything to make sure of that.

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