re: Microsoft's Dumbest And Smartest Moves Of 2011
Far be it from me to rush to Microsoft's defense, yet in truth only fictional companies maintain a 1,000 batting average. Even Apple has had some hiccups this year (and every year), even though they have, on balance, done extremely well with their many product offerings. Microsoft's alliance with Nokia was forged out of an immediate need to find long-term supporters of the Windows 7 Phone OS, when there were few takers elsewhere. Nokia was a fitting partner, but it had to be worth their while to drop their existing product pipeline and retool. If that was a "dumb" move on Microsoft's part, then I would question what the "smart" move would have been.
Even with Nokia's Lumia phones now reaching the market, WP7 has an uphill battle against iOS and Android, but I see it only as a precursor to Windows 8. To be sure, the future is unknown, and anything can happen. Even more exciting times are ahead.