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kaop
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kaop,
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9/3/2013 | 3:32:37 AM
Microsoft to buy Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion
Microsoft now has equal footing to compete w/ Google and Apple.  Let's hope for innovation and better integration between software and hardware. 

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/03/technology/mobile/microsoft-nokia/index.html?
kaop
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kaop,
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8/28/2013 | 9:21:40 PM
Elop/Nokia is a package deal
Microsoft need someone with mobile background. Hiring Elop will make a statement on the company's direction.  In that case, Microsoft better be ready to acquire Nokia as a package deal.  Maybe sending Elop to Nokia for "training" was all in Microsoft's plan? 
DOShea
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DOShea,
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8/28/2013 | 2:24:31 PM
Re: Microsoft's new CEO
Bates is also, according to his Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bates, a self-taught programmer who dropped out of university, just like another former Microsoft chief--can't remember the guy's name, but I think it rhymes with "Bates."
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RitchBlasi,
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8/28/2013 | 2:11:08 PM
Ballmer replacement
For Microsoft's sake, I hope the 12 month runway for Ballmer leaving is so that they do not jump into replacing him with a sub-par candidate.  Doesn't seem as though Elop gained any points for what he did or didn't do during his stay at Nokia.  Might as well consider Heines from Blackberry too -- oh yeah, he doesn't think tablets will be a big thing in two years which goes against one of MS growing markets.  Maybe think about throwing a load of money at one of the Apple iPhone guys or someone at Samsung who turned that company around from a cheap device to one of the few that rival the iPhone.  MS has been forgiven several times for its missteps into mobility and for many of us in the industry and the financial community there are is more forgiveness - the Wall St reaction to Ballmer leaving is a signal to that.

Maybe MS might want to look at someone from the mobile carrier side of the ecosystem - someone who can balance the existing computer business with mobility.

 

 

 
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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8/28/2013 | 10:20:27 AM
Microsoft's new CEO
I'm not surprised Elop is emerging as a CEO candidate. But what about Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype, now part of Microsoft? The OS needs tighter Skype integration, for one thing, and Bates knows about innovation and disruption in the mobile industry.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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8/28/2013 | 10:18:09 AM
Re: Nothing good happens at 3 a.m.
I would worry much more about mobile shopping...
mendyk
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mendyk,
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8/28/2013 | 8:41:25 AM
Nothing good happens at 3 a.m.
If you're doing your banking at 3 a.m., fat fingers are not your biggest problem.
PaulERainford
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PaulERainford,
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8/28/2013 | 6:57:50 AM
A Scouser abroad
Legend has it that upon being asked how he was settling in playing for Italian club Juventus, Rush replied: "It's like living in a foreign country."


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