Nokia has no compelling handsets. Windows8 is too little too late. It's the APPS, stupid! (paraphrasing Clinton's election campaign in '92). Apple and Android have the most apps, why the heck would Nokia choose windows over Android?
Some very dumb people over there at NOK. They should join hands with RIMM -- two drunks helping each other cross the street.
I predict there will only be two major handset manufacturers left -- Apple and Samsung. Apple is obvious; Samsung because they are vertically integrated and can drive down costs. Chipset vendors, TI and Qualcomm will die off due to cost cutting. Ericson will be bought by Apple.
I don't think Bolaji wrote an obituary, he simply pointed out that Nokia is getting smaller -- in headcount, in market share and financially.
I think the comparison to Motorola is spot-on. By no means are they gone, they're just not what they used to be. Likewise, if Windows 8 gains some traction in the mobile market, Nokia could find itself healthy and profitable in a few quarters.
Bolaji is correct - a difficult situation of moving to a new OS. But Microsoft also urgently needs a successful entry into SPs.
Nokia is Microsoft's much needed partner and hope. Hence it will likely continue to financially support Nokia's transformation - some postulate even possibly buying Nokia
Lastly, Intel is entering mobile landscape in a very big way - Microsoft (and Nokia) will surely much benefit.
Microsoft has been slowly building up toward Windows 8 for its PCs, phones, tablets, and even (through interoperability) XBox. Whether they succeed or not is hard to judge now because it isn't even out yet.
Because of declining sales for its outdated Symbian based phones, Nokia hitched its future to the Microsoft operating system.
Microsoft, and by extention Nokia, hasn't yet hit its prime, and won't until Windows 8 is out for a few months. So I think it is premature to write their obituary.
If you remain doubtful, just remember all the doomsayers when Microsoft came out with a gaming system. Everyone wondered what they thought they were doing, that they didn't have a chance, and their (initial) very low sales was proof that they were going to completely flop. History tells otherwise.