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.
Re: 7 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Nokia Buy
I remember the Zune. Actually was going to buy one. Unfortunately MS just did not promote it and Apple stole a march on them. If I recall correctly, the Zune was discontinued fairly quickly. I am not a fanboy, but Apple just seemed to have more creative and forward thinking managers than MS.
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