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Microsoft's Nokia Buy Ends 'Phone Maker' Era
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AdrianA931
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AdrianA931,
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9/10/2013 | 3:05:21 PM
re: Microsoft's Nokia Buy Ends 'Phone Maker' Era
When i heard this news , my first response is this is just a kidding .but i know that;s true , Nokia is bought by Microsoft , this two companies are combined together , i used both these two companies product for more than 10 years , i really hope they can get a new success , catch up apple and google's footsteps .
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WKash
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WKash,
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9/5/2013 | 7:22:19 PM
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If software is eating the world, as Marc Andreesson puts it, the Microsoft-Nokia deal reminds us that software by itself still only goes so far, but being a hardware manufacturer has become an even riskier path. If the deal marks the end of the phone maker era, it also signals the expanding era for ecosystem makers.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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9/5/2013 | 5:45:48 PM
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Microsoft built an extensive developer ecosystem around Windows that aided the operating system's growth. It clearly wants to do the same with a Windows Phone, but it doesn't have a phone design sense and it hasn't come up with applications that compete effectively with Android and Apple. Acquiring the manufacturer doesn't change that. Good comment by Roslyn Layton that being a hardware manufacturer is no longer enough. All software issues matter and getting third party application creaters is crucial..
RoslynLayton
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9/5/2013 | 4:51:11 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I too feel bad for Nokia. On the other hand, they were not the best at marketing and communication. There is a list of tech companies that fell prey to their own arrogance thinking their products were the best or their failure to communicate. I hope that Microsoft will not make these mistakes. On the other hand, I am not so sure I'd be excited about Microsoft with Elop at the helm given the track record.
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9/5/2013 | 4:32:13 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I too feel bad for Nokia. On the other hand, they were not the best at marketing and communication. There is a list of tech companies that fell prey to their own arrogance thinking their products were the best or their failure to communicate. I hope that Microsoft will not make these mistakes. On the other hand, I am not so sure I'd be excited about Microsoft with Elop at the helm given the track record.
Lorna Garey
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9/5/2013 | 2:50:32 PM
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Nicely balanced analysis. I always laugh when pundits say how late MS came to the mobile game. Well, no; it came early enough, it just didn't do so well. It seems to me that the next game-changer is going to be breaking the logjam of mobile data access. All-you-can-eat plans are rare and getting rarer, nevermind the cost, and you could grow old waiting for better spectrum allocation.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/5/2013 | 2:50:28 PM
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Microsoft would much rather be in Google's position of farming out Android to willing hardware makers. After all, that's how Microsoft made its fortune with Windows on PCs. But that isn't going to happen in mobile because Android is so popular (and FREE to the phone makers). Microsoft can't give away Windows Phone for free, so it's going to try to control the whole product -- like Apple -- using Nokia hardware. Problem is Windows Phone. In three years its UI hasn't caught on with consumers and I don't see that changing. I feel bad for Nokia.


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