Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jun 2012 20:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless JLG (we can suffice with his initials on OSNews, right?): "Nokia, once the emperor of mobile phones, shipping more than 100 million devices per quarter, is now in a tailspin, probably irrecoverable, taking its employees into the ground. And there is Nokia's chosen partner, Microsoft. What will Nokia's failure do to its future? Ballmer knows Microsoft can't be relegated to a inconsequential role in the smartphone wars. Will this lead to Microsoft going 'vertical', that is buying Nokia's smartphone business and become an vertically player, as it already is in its Xbox business?" Microsoft will eventually buy Nokia's smartphone business. I mean, it's not as if they have any other serious WP7 OEMs they can piss off with such a move.
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No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

It's not like Microsoft doesn't habitually abuse its powers, and Microsoft buying the world's largest phone manufacturer (well, second largest now) is a bit more questionable than Google buying a small player like Motorola. Especially since they're already using WP7 (and Win RT in future) to lock out competitors like Mozilla and Opera.

Sadly, Nokia's demise does seem inevitable now that they decided to break all the eggs that didn't fit into Microsoft's basket. In a way, I even hope they don't recover, as that would imply Microsoft's success. I'd rather see a RIM comeback, with Blackberry 10 adopting Nokia's Qt and all.

Edited 2012-06-18 21:10 UTC

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

really? So you are saying that MS getting into the OEM hardware market for smart phones is some how flexing its monopoly in...OSs?

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

modmans2ndcoming,

"really? So you are saying that MS getting into the OEM hardware market for smart phones is some how flexing its monopoly in...OSs?"

There's no doubt about it, their software monopoly gives them great influence in the hardware sphere too. But the crucial question is whether becoming an OEM will violate anti-trust law. They ought to be ok unless they interfere with free trade. But lets be honest, microsoft has never been shy in abusing it's monopoly.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

What worries me is that MS can try hurting Qt in the process. They can't kill it, but practically Nokia is the biggest contributor to Qt project now, and if MS will sweep Nokia under the rug, Qt might suffer a setback.

Edited 2012-06-19 16:11 UTC

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