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Viewpoint: Why Microsoft should buy Nokia

Bolaji Ojo
8/16/2011 06:26 PM EDT

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cdhmanning
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cdhmanning   8/18/2011 6:38:38 PM
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Well MS tried to "make" a cellphone by buying Danger. Kin. The only product in recent times to do worse than Zune!

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cdhmanning   8/18/2011 6:36:56 PM
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Both MS and Nokia are sinking fast in smartphone space. Together they would just sink faster. MS have already got everything they want out of Nokia by having Elop throw out Symbian - the strength behind Nokia software - and replacing it with WinPhone which is slowly dying in the corner. MS has never understood mobile and never will. Unfortunately they are big and make their presence felt. They need to leave the industry before they cause even more damage.

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KB3001   8/18/2011 10:16:11 AM
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not sure it is...

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KB3001   8/18/2011 2:57:58 AM
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I do not think this will happen. Microsoft are an old dog, SW is their core business and they will stick at it IMO. Wrt Google's acquisition, I still think Google have taken a big gamble by purchasing a mobile phone manufacturing business. Is that the only way they could have got hold of the patents they so much prize? I am sure it is.

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chanj0   8/17/2011 10:47:27 PM
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As Larry Page said in the conference, Google is interested in patents. They are not interested in becoming a smartphone maker. But who knows? Yet, why would Microsoft want to produce smartphone? They have made enough margin for their software. I believe they would rather focusing on making a better OS, developing market needed new features than diverging their focus.

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p_g   8/17/2011 6:25:22 PM
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In my opinion Rick is right. Nokia is not big in smart phones right now. And Microsoft is not so strong in mobile OS. With two together, give reasons for Samsung and HTC to favor more towards Android. I don't see a reason for Microsoft to jump onto phone makers. Its not the hardware which is causing issue to Microsoft. Its their lag in providing rich features.

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Ramin Assadollahi   8/17/2011 6:48:42 AM
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rick, i wouldn't be so sure. the vertical integration pays off for apple. apple is a hardware / software company that now plays cloud. google is a cloud company with nice hardware server experise and software (android). hp goes consumer with palm (and has cloud / hardware). with microsoft building up a stack like this, they would finally also be able to build an end to end experience (cloud, xbox, pc mobile). certainly this can fail (as seen with HP & ipaq, Microsoft and sidekick, et al.) but it can also work out. finally, the natural partner for RIM is dell. dell is weak when it comes to mobile and RIM is currently 70% enterprise oriented - as is dell. i see samsung buying more software & design companies to build up the bada stack, LG and SonyEricsson will fade away. HTC is the only loose end here.

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rick merritt   8/17/2011 3:35:52 AM
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I think this is a non-starter. If MS bought Nokia it would kill its biz with Samsung, potentially a stronger MS OEM than Nokia, as well as HTC and every other major MS partner. Google does NOT want a handset business. It's a slow growth, modest profit business comapred to software and servcies. It ONLY wanted patents to protect Android. Watch Google spin out Moto in a couple years. Ballmer knows better than to buy Nokia. He just wants to play Nokia.

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WW Thinker   8/16/2011 7:42:59 PM
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If most of Microsoft's revenue come from the enterprise/commercial sector, buying Nokia makes sense only if Microsoft sees its future in consumer and telecommunications. Or, if Microsft plans to spin off its existing CE business into a separate company. My two cents

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