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8/21/2014
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Microsoft, Opera Partner On Phone Browser

Opera Software's Opera Mini browser will replace Nokia's Xpress on Nokia feature phones, but Microsoft's long-term plan for old Nokia products is unclear.

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PedroGonzales
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8/24/2014 | 1:53:10 PM
Re: feature phones
Phones for emerging market seems to be an important market .  It could be an area where microsoft can gain some advantage over other provides.  As we all know their number in the smarphone market are pretty low. 
Michael Endler
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8/21/2014 | 7:06:58 PM
Re: feature phones
Feature phones were a big part of Nokia's revenue—so big, in fact, that it really makes you rethink why Microsoft bought the company's device business. Microsoft must have been really afraid that the other OEMs weren't coming back to Windows Phone. Otherwise, I can't explain why they pulled the trigger, given that I don't think Microsoft every wanted to stay in the feature phone market. That market includes a lot of existing users, but very little growth potential. Microsoft probably didn't like the margins involved in supporting a dying branch of products-- hence the high headcount among former Nokia employees. Microsoft seems to think it has a better chance just getting people in emerging markets to buy cheap Windows phones, rather than trying to leverage the Nokia brand to convince feature phone users to upgrade. That said, products like the Nokia 130 suggest this attitude will ebb and flow over the next couple years.
Thomas Claburn
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8/21/2014 | 6:44:15 PM
feature phones
So this deal affects feature phones. Are these still a meaningful portion of the market? Perhaps abroad?
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