[email protected] 9/17/2013 | 5:50:47 AM
Re: On second thoughts Ultimately I can only see this helping the other main players in the market AND improve the prospects for new innovative startups to make a mark - I think the reference earlier in this thread to Jolla is an astute one.... this could be the trigger for Jolla to make an impact and for its Sailfish OS to find new possibilities. But there are also plenty of hungry smartphone/device tech firms coming from China, India, APAC... 
DOShea 9/16/2013 | 10:02:23 PM
Re: On second thoughts I agree with you there. Hard to see a real market shift happening with Microsoft-Nokia any time soon. I think there is an argument here for Oracle's deals potential having broader industry impact than some of these others, essentially bring a new giant into several telecom market segments.
R Clark 9/16/2013 | 3:03:38 AM
On second thoughts Now that I've actually thought about it, all the Nokia acquisition just changes out one of the players but doesn't really change the industry landscape. It's hard to see MS-Nokia getting out of third place in the OS game and, now that it's been revealed, you wonder how much MS was panicked by Nokia's Android 'threat'.

The cross-border M&As will have a bigger impact in giving operators more scale and a stronger hand in dealing with handset and network vendors.

lanbrown 9/14/2013 | 5:53:13 PM
Re: Long-term effects of Verizon-Voda The problem is, Microsoft doesn't listen to what the consumer wants.  Windows 8 failed, so they asked the consumer what they wanted.  Microsoft took that, tossed it in the trash and said here is Windows 8.1 and here is your start button that doesn't act as one.


If having the hardware side of the house meant success, then how come Surface RT was a flop and still is?  Surface Pro isn't much better.  They are 100% Microsoft and are both failures.  Having a handset division will not help them.  The fact is, buying Nokia hurts them.  Nokia was committed to WP.  Now Microsoft has non-exclusive rights to Nokia patents.  That means Pureview will be found on a competing handset.  The HD microphone that HTC was sued over for using, now Nokia can glasdly license it too them.  Before HTC was a competitor, not they will be a license holder.  Nokia Maps, that will be found on other platforms as well now.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it on the Jolla handset when it is released.  They could offer it for the Tizen handset as well.  Don't forget about Firefox and Ubuntu as well.  Some of the unique features to WP was because of Nokia, unique features that won't be unique any longer.


Also, the agreement says Nokia stays out of the handset side for around two years or so.  The new Nokia CEO might be looking at buying someone after that time has lapsed; someone like Jolla possibly?


At the end of the day, the Nokia deal is actually going to hurt Microsoft.  Their "ecosystem" requires them to infuse cash to sustain it.  That by itself is not sustainable and thus not an ecosystem at all.
Liz Greenberg 9/13/2013 | 1:54:04 PM
Re: Long-term effects of Verizon-Voda Hopefully Microsoft will move quickly, but more importantly in a way that users embrace.  They have been missing that part recently and hopefuly can re-direct with appropriate pricing, marketing, etc.
Sarah Thomas 9/13/2013 | 11:56:58 AM
Re: Long-term effects of Verizon-Voda All of these acquisitions are question marks, even if they're closed. It will take a while for the new parent companies to put strategies into place. Microsoft is one that will have to move quickly, but I think it'll be a year or two before we see any major changes at Verizon.
DanJones 9/13/2013 | 10:46:33 AM
Long-term effects of Verizon-Voda Should be really interesting, Verizon will need to figure out how to continue growing revenues from a saturated market.
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