Nokia ditches Symbian, embraces Microsoft Windows Phone for new handsets

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  • Reply 101 of 266
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alfiejr View Post


    however, the Euro regulators will never allow MS and or any US company to outright take over Nokia. so in 4 or 5 years, the sucked-dry husk that will be left will probably "merge" with one of the growing Asian OEM's.



    Couldn't have said it better myself
  • Reply 102 of 266
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,293member
    Microsoft Buys Nokia for $0B
  • Reply 103 of 266
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    Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post


    Nokia isn't a software company. Hardware is the most critical part of their core business.



    When you are the largest phone manufacturer in the world, who do you have to be compatible with?



    Nokia's whole announcement is around how they have failed at software and are losing market share and relevance because of it. Low end phones are commodity...there is little money there. Nokia is not going to grow by selling commodity hardware.



    All the money is with smartphones and tablets. Hardware is commodity until Apple innovates again...look at all the iPhone hardware clones now. Alls clone makers can do is pad spec sheets. Hey i have a camera that is .1 megapixel more! I have two hdmi outputs! I give you 1MB more RAM!



    The only real differentiator is the software stack. HP saw this and bought Palm. That is why RIM is never going to use Android. Software is the most important part.
  • Reply 104 of 266
    Who has ever enjoyed a sucessful partnership with Microsoft in the mobile space? Anyone?
  • Reply 105 of 266
    bigpicsbigpics Posts: 1,371member
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    Originally Posted by msuberly View Post


    Symbian was about on par with PalmOS. They were good OSes in their heyday but died a slow painful death. If Palm hung onto PalmOS too long, then Nokia really held onto Symbian too long.



    I am surprised Nokia went with Microsoft and not Google. Windows Phone 7 offers all the disadvantages of Android but at a cost.



    I smell a possible merger or takeover down the road if this "strategic alliance" demonstrates potential, tho' Finnish pride and other factors could make this less likely. And many such alliances "come a cropper."



    MS has been taking notes on Apple's software for decades. Now that AAPL has surpassed MS in market cap, I suspect they've been taking notes on their business model as well (witness the MS stores offering fairly carefully selected PC's which can be delivered free of bloat- and crapware).



    And seeing some emerging fragmentation in the Android rollout, and their own loong experience in the headaches involved in supporting hundreds of thousands of configs and parts bins - much of it crufted with legacy issues - and which has slowed their OS development - maybe they're seeing the strategic advantage in controlling both the software and hardware on a much smaller number of SKU's - at least in their ongoing push into mobile.



    After all, it's worked fairly well for Cupertino.... ...and they can see HP heading down the same road in their rear-view mirror.



    Also, not insignificantly, they have a history of taking things they've done with partners and then turning on a dime and making them proprietary. Remember "Plays for Sure" being supplanted by the Zune store? So if an acquisition happens, it could be "buh-bye" to other Win 7 phone makers.



    Just sayin'.....



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blastdoor View Post


    smart move for Nokia, and great news for MS.



    The next platform to die will probably be RIM's. My guess is RIM will go with Android.



    RIM just announced that Android apps will be running on its tab, so whether you'd also heard this, you get a gold star!
  • Reply 106 of 266
    jnjnjnjnjnjn Posts: 588member
    Master move. First infiltrate Nokia, then turn it into an assembly factory.



    J.
  • Reply 107 of 266
    Good thing most of you only invest and don't have a hand in running the company you worship. If you've had any real world experience w/ WP7 or possess an iota of objectiveness/ foresight, you'd understand not only why Nokia and MSoft merged but why it will be a worldwide success in the face of Android's fragmented ubiquitousness and IOS's linear, all-for-one approach. Regardless, they will be the big three. Good luck RIM and HP
  • Reply 108 of 266
    jfanningjfanning Posts: 3,390member
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    Originally Posted by backtomac View Post


    That'll really piss Intel off.



    MeeGo is the child of Moblin and Maemo. It was the only mobile OS that would run on x86. Now that it's days look numbered, Intel are without a mobile platform for its Atom chips. At least until Windows 8 comes out.



    This really was bad news for Intel.



    Intel entered into MeeGo knowing that all the previous Maemo devices, and a tonne of other Nokia phones ran ARM, they weren't going to get their chips on the phones, they were going to get leverage off Nokias sales.
  • Reply 109 of 266
    archosarchos Posts: 152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post


    Nokia didn't really have a choice.



    This is not about market share. Nokia has market-share coming out of their wazoo.

    This was about profitability.



    Nokia is losing market share faster than IE! Its share of smartphones dropped from 47% to 38% just in the last year. And remember that Symbian had +80% share just a few years ago.



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    Every useful device starts out with healthy profits and then starts a decline towards being a commodity. Once it's a commodity, the profit margin is a 5% or so. The manufacturer can't add any more value. The value add is simply derived from putting the parts together.



    See Dell and HPs profits on Windows PCs.



    Microsoft always took the majority of profits from Dell and HPs Windows PCs. It still does.



    And right, when have you scheduled iPod to become a profitless commodity device? It's now ten years old. Apparently, your world view doesn't fit the facts.



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    Nokia's mobile phones arrived at the commodity stop before anyone else. So where now?



    Non sensical rubbish. Nokia can't make high end phones that people want. Neither can MS, which couldn't launch a phone for kids tied to an expensive plan KIN, and couldn't launch an iPhone-class device WP7. That's not a matter of timing, it's a matter of not knowing what they're doing.



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    Android is a non-starter. because it too is headed for commodity status.



    No, it's simply designed to serve as an ad platform rather than a good product.



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    The move will allow Nokia to slash billions off its annual R&D budget. If that cash goes back on the balance sheet, it will allow several more years of survival. It might buy enough time for Nokia to properly develop its own technology.



    Yeah that worked out so well for Palm! They didn't have to develop Palm OS anymore and got all this new businesses... oh wait- they still had to spend money to support Palm OS, had to spend more to support WiMo, and their sales remained static.
  • Reply 110 of 266
    archosarchos Posts: 152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jnjnjn View Post


    Master move. First infiltrate Nokia, then turn it into an assembly factory.



    J.



    Yeah it worked out so well when Microsoft infiltrated Toshiba and turned it into a Zune factory. And the primary proponent of HD-DVD.



    Or when Microsoft infiltrated Sharp and turned it into a KIN factory.



    Or when Microsoft infiltrated Palm and turned it into a WiMo Treo factory.



    Microsoft infiltrated LG and turned it into a WiMo 6.5/WP7 factory.
  • Reply 111 of 266
    archosarchos Posts: 152member
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    Originally Posted by Hogan View Post


    Who has ever enjoyed a sucessful partnership with Microsoft in the mobile space? Anyone?



    Apple partnered with Microsoft to siphon off its Exchange business and divert its good will to the iPhone, allowing it to compete against BlackBerry.



    Apple also appears to have the only real MS Office app on a mobile platform.
  • Reply 112 of 266
    addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,660member
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    Originally Posted by drow View Post


    not necessarily. most of nokia's phones are also not smartphones.



    Exactly. The whole basis for Nokia's decline, and the motivation for doing something radical, is that they failed utterly to field a competitive smart phone. They could have kept on selling cheap dumb and feature phones to the world forever, but there's not much money in that, and there will ever less as smart phones move down the food chain to become tomorrow's feature phones, and the day after tomorrow's dumb phones. Presently, the "just a phone" will seem as quaint and pointless as a dedicated email device.



    So the ubiquity of their current handset lineup doesn't really have any bearing on the likely success of new WP7 phones, outside of name recognition and carrier alliances (which are nothing to sneeze at, but not the same things as being able to just pop a smart phone OS on all those cheap little candybars and clamshells).



    But Nokia can't rely on their dumb and feature phone sales to prop them up as the world's largest handset maker for much longer, so this is a make or break moment. It they can't make this work, they're staring down the barrel of complete irrelevancy in the phone industry. I'm assuming the direness of the situation is what made such a radical move (particularly for such a prideful, autonomous organization as Nokia) even worth considering, much less actually implementing.
  • Reply 113 of 266
    addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,660member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Boogerman2000 View Post


    Good thing most of you only invest and don't have a hand in running the company you worship. If you've had any real world experience w/ WP7 or possess an iota of objectiveness/ foresight, you'd understand not only why Nokia and MSoft merged but why it will be a worldwide success in the face of Android's fragmented ubiquitousness and IOS's linear, all-for-one approach. Regardless, they will be the big three. Good luck RIM and HP



    Man, if you're going to start out by belittling people who don't see this as a slam dunk as being deluded fanboys, you might want to tone down the blind faith.



    First of all, the two companies aren't "merging", Nokia is merely going to become a licensee of WP7, with some reciprocal technology thrown in to sweeten the deal.



    Secondly, WP7 hasn't done much in the market to date. Is that because of lackluster hardware, relatively few distribution channels, poor marketing, or does the OS not appeal to consumers (or at least not enough to sway them from the obvious choices)? Hard to say, but on the hardware front, at least, WP7 is running on the same kit as some pretty successful Android phones, so it doesn't seem likely that that's a huge problem.



    So Nokia brings distribution channels, name recognition, and at least competitive hardware to the table. And maps, I guess. But against that you have two extremely set-in-their-ways companies who are famously stubborn about their products, one of which has the added bonus of being extremely nationalistic not to say xenophobic.



    So if there is going to be any actual synergy, where elements of each company's strengths blend to make something greater than the parts, there's going to have to be an unprecedented level of cooperation. Given their relative status as going concerns, it looks like Nokia is going to have to do most of the compromising. Will they be able to manage that? Will there be mass defections of key players? Foot dragging by middle management that only shows up as mysteriously poor execution? Certainly likely enough to make any rosy talk of inevitable competitiveness pretty unpersuasive, and that's before we even get to the desirability of the product, which by no means is a given.
  • Reply 114 of 266
    addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,660member
    It seems to me that the only way this works for Nokia is for them to become the sole manufacturer of WP7 phones, becoming the Ericsson to Microsoft's Sony. Otherwise, they're just another WP7 phone vendor, with a piece of what appears to be (so far) a pretty small pie.



    I guess the hope is that they'll use their name recognition and channel access to grow the platform sharply, and that their hardware expertise will make them first among equals. But that's a pretty long shot, and if they do manage to accomplish the former, they'll have manufacturers with a proven track record like HTC happy to move in and ride their coattails.



    A MS-Nokia Mobile, however, is a different thing entirely, and would afford at least the opportunity to do very tight hardware/software coupling. Not as integrated as Apple, HP/Palm or RIM, but far more integrated than Android and its all comers model. Is it possible that MS has concluded that the OS licensing model that served them so well during the PC era isn't going to work for mobile?



    Of course, you can always point to Android, but it's not a instructive example, since Google doesn't make their money selling software.
  • Reply 115 of 266
    So, instead of bringing Meego to market within the year they will bring WP7 for Nokia devices as 2011-12 serve as 'transitional periods' i.e. we'll see these devices late next year. Sounds like garbage. At least Meego works on both phones and tablets - which is the next big thing.



    Colour me a tad pessimistic. Although, definitely a better choice than Android.
  • Reply 116 of 266
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by addabox View Post


    It seems to me that the only way this works for Nokia is for them to become the sole manufacturer of WP7 phones, becoming the Ericsson to Microsoft's Sony. Otherwise, they're just another WP7 phone vendor, with a piece of what appears to be (so far) a pretty small pie.



    I guess the hope is that they'll use their name recognition and channel access to grow the platform sharply, and that their hardware expertise will make them first among equals. But that's a pretty long shot, and if they do manage to accomplish the former, they'll have manufacturers with a proven track record like HTC happy to move in and ride their coattails.



    A MS-Nokia Mobile, however, is a different thing entirely, and would afford at least the opportunity to do very tight hardware/software coupling. Not as integrated as Apple, HP/Palm or RIM, but far more integrated than Android and its all comers model. Is it possible that MS has concluded that the OS licensing model that served them so well during the PC era isn't going to work for mobile?



    Of course, you can always point to Android, but it's not a instructive example, since Google doesn't make their money selling software.



    Will HTC et al. even bother making WP7 phones following this announcement? I doubt it.
  • Reply 117 of 266
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by esummers View Post


    Sounds like they are jumping from one burning platform to another burning platform. They think a platform that has not shown any consumer interest is going to save them?



    More like calling in the Hindenburg to escape a burning oil rig.
  • Reply 118 of 266
    addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,660member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robodude View Post


    Will HTC et al. even bother making WP7 phones following this announcement? I doubt it.



    Maybe not now, but the best case scenario for Nokia (baring some kind of exclusivity deal) is that their phone mojo turns WP7 into a big seller. At which point of course HTC commences making WP7 phones, as does Samsung, Motorola, et al. Which is why I think an exclusive deal is the only way this actually works for Nokia. As it stands, even if they win, they lose.
  • Reply 119 of 266
    bigpicsbigpics Posts: 1,371member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by addabox View Post


    It seems to me that the only way this works for Nokia is for them to become the sole manufacturer of WP7 phones, becoming the Ericsson to Microsoft's Sony. Otherwise, they're just another WP7 phone vendor, with a piece of what appears to be (so far) a pretty small pie.



    I guess the hope is that they'll use their name recognition and channel access to grow the platform sharply, and that their hardware expertise will make them first among equals. But that's a pretty long shot, and if they do manage to accomplish the former, they'll have manufacturers with a proven track record like HTC happy to move in and ride their coattails.



    A MS-Nokia Mobile, however, is a different thing entirely, and would afford at least the opportunity to do very tight hardware/software coupling. Not as integrated as Apple, HP/Palm or RIM, but far more integrated than Android and its all comers model. Is it possible that MS has concluded that the OS licensing model that served them so well during the PC era isn't going to work for mobile?



    Of course, you can always point to Android, but it's not a instructive example, since Google doesn't make their money selling software.



    I posted about a full merger or takeover, but your possibility could accomplish much the same thing with fewer "corporate culture" and other obstacles....
  • Reply 120 of 266
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by addabox View Post


    Maybe not now, but the best case scenario for Nokia (baring some kind of exclusivity deal) is that their phone mojo turns WP7 into a big seller. At which point of course HTC commences making WP7 phones, as does Samsung, Motorola, et al. Which is why I think an exclusive deal is the only way this actually works for Nokia. As it stands, even if they win, they lose.



    While I tend to agree with your assessment, it will likely be 'Windows Phone 7 for Nokia' rather than the version we're seeing now. Microsoft have effectively fragmented their own OS. They can also choose to provide less support for the multi-handset version.



    A formal agreement is better, since Microsoft can't really be trusted here. It seems that this is presented as Nokia buying time until they can compete, but WP7 is going to be their main solution going forward. Will be interesting to see how this plays out. If only someone better than Balmer was at the helm at Microsoft, I'd actually give this venture a chance.
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