7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy

David Wagner, Managing Editor | 9/5/2013 | 133 comments

David Wagner
Microsoft opened its $77 billion war chest to buy a large portion of Nokia this week. The $7.2 billion deal ($5 billion for Nokia’s handset division and another $2.2 billion for IP licenses) marks a pretty big shift for the giant software company. For decades, the company made nothing that did not go directly onto a hard drive.

With this purchase and the announcement that Steve Ballmer was stepping down as CEO when his replacement is found, a lot has been going on in Redmond. We thought it would be a good time to go over a few things you need to know about how this will affect your enterprise.

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The Most Predictable Thing Ever
You didn't need a crystal ball to see this coming. From the moment Microsoft joined in partnership with Nokia, it was rumored that it would help Nokia with its struggling handset line by taking it off its hands. While Nokia is still one of the largest sellers of handsets in the world, its best niche continues to be cheaper feature phones. Its market share in the pre-smart-phone world was 40 percent, and now they sell only 2.6 percent of the smart phones sold worldwide. At the same time, they represent 80 percent of Windows phones sold, so Microsoft needs them around as much as Nokia needs to sell the struggling line.
You didn't need a crystal ball to see this coming. From the moment Microsoft joined in partnership with Nokia, it was rumored that it would help Nokia with its struggling handset line by taking it off its hands. While Nokia is still one of the largest sellers of handsets in the world, its best niche continues to be cheaper feature phones. Its market share in the pre-smart-phone world was 40 percent, and now they sell only 2.6 percent of the smart phones sold worldwide. At the same time, they represent 80 percent of Windows phones sold, so Microsoft needs them around as much as Nokia needs to sell the struggling line.

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tjgkg   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/15/2014 11:53:41 AM
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Hopefully it will be better with the new CEO. At least they are modifying Win 8 to start being useful.
batye   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/14/2014 1:46:33 AM
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thank you, I hope soo... will know for few weeks, when I see my family MD... for now I'm taking one day at the time... :) thanks
Rich Krajewski   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/13/2014 11:25:57 PM
Re: 7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy
Tempy Wright

Tempy says, "Get well soon, Batye."
Rich Krajewski   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/13/2014 11:21:47 PM
Re: 7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy
(Batye, just heard about the Holter monitor. Hope health is okay.)
batye   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/12/2014 3:28:06 PM
Re: 7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy
microsoft DMR is not an easy to figure out...
tjgkg   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/12/2014 1:12:59 PM
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I had taken for granted about movies being able to be played on all these devices. I love being able to play movies on my Galaxy S4 and iPad Air. It is really good to have on plane trips. Never a problem to play them either.
batye   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/11/2014 10:15:57 PM
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I have movies in my Zune account... but now Zune do not work with my movies.... I have transfer to Win8.1 pc...
tjgkg   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   4/11/2014 2:38:11 PM
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Amazing. I wonder why MS is not doing anything with it or just kill it? Surely it cannot be profitable. Maybe they are using it as a research platform.
batye   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   3/4/2014 11:45:47 AM
Re: 7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy
No, Zune is alive just well hidden away :)
tjgkg   7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy   3/4/2014 9:31:05 AM
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I didn't know that. I thought the Zune was discontinued. The site was taken down last time I checked.
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