Nokia future: Windows Phones :-(

Nokia will adopt Windows Mobile as its main smartphone platform in a wide-ranging agreement with Microsoft. Today two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader. Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.

What Microsoft has on mobile sector now is Windows Phone 7. It is the successor to Windows Mobile platform. Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 on February 15, 2010, at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona. Windows Phone 7 is a new platform, and older Windows Mobile applications do not run on it. Windows Phone 7 features a version of Internet Explorer Mobile with a rendering engine that is “halfway between IE7 and IE8“. Silverlight (.NET code with XAM) is the application development platform for Windows Phone 7, but also Microsoft XNA is supported. Development tools are Visual Studio ja Expression Blend. Windows Phone 7 so far hasn’t been a major hit with the application-development community.

I would have liked to see something released on Meego instead of this, but I must admit that tt was somewhat expected that this could happen when you you get a new CEO from Microsoft. Now it seems that the stock price has fallen considerably this day: European stock markets turned lower Friday, with mobile-phone giant Nokia Corp. shedding nearly 10% after it agreed to a partnership with Microsoft. Let’s see what happens in the near future and how Microsoft stock reacts to this.

It takes quite a bit of time until the first phones using this new OS will come to market and how markets react to this. Vic Gundotra from Google already commented “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle” before the announcement. I think this was a better deal for Microsoft than for Nokia. Let’s see how well those turkeys are baked on the next Thanksgiving Day.

The new Nokia strategy: MeeGo will open-source mobile operating system project for future devices and Nokia’s Symbian will continue working on behalf of the platform. Symbian and MeeGo not dead, still shipping this year says another source.

But what will be the future of Qt? Just few months ago Nokia announced focus on Qt framework and support for HTML5. Qt applications do not work on Windows Phone and press release does not mention anything on Qt applications on Windows phones.

Letter to Developers about Today’s News tells that Qt will continue to be the development framework for Symbian and Nokia will use Symbian for further devices, and also on first MeeGo-related open source device (planned to ship later this year). There seems to be no Qt for Windows Phone development: In other words, Qt will not be adapted for Windows Phone 7 APIs. Microsoft would provide tools for application developers for Nokia Windows Phones. Developers already think this is a Microsoft sabotage on developers.

Was this Microsoft deal a good move or not is hard to say yet. I fear the worst. Some time ago Nokia’s outgoing head of smartphones Anssi Vanjoki Using Android like ‘peeing in your pants for warmth in winter’: Temporary relief is followed by an even worse predicament. Would using Windows Phone be like getting something else on your pants for temporary warmth?

This is a very dark day for Finnish software industry: Nokia to cut thousands of jobs in Finland. Pretty many developers in Finland will be pretty pissed off on all this…


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia: Ship’s now stable, all we need is passengers
    Everything’s rosy except Lumia

    Europe’s biggest technology company Nokia caught a few people by surprise with its outlook yesterday. Nokia released far more information than a company typical discloses in a preview – an unusual amount.

    Ratings agencies may regard Nokia as “junk”, and the fallen industry leader has flogged off and leased back its glittering HQ, but there are many healthy signs at the business. The mobile phones division still brought home almost €4bn of income in the quarter, and although that’s €2bn lower than the same quarter two years ago, it claimed to have attained “underlying profitability”.

    In what has increasingly become an IP business, Nokia bags almost $1bn a year from patents. Microsoft’s support payments add another $1bn.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia terminates 300 jobs in IT, functions are outsourced

    Nokia intends to reduce its Information Management services up to 300 employees, most of them in Finland.

    In addition, information management functions are outsourced to an external company for two, which are HCL Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services. Both Indian companies are already operating also in Finland. To outsource operations employ 820 people, of whom about 715 are in Finland.


  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Analyst: “Nokia should sell 10 million Lumia smartphones every quarter”

    Nordea estimates that Nokia’s mobile phone unit in Devices & Services to get to break even this year’s mid-term. It requires, however according to Nordea bank, that Nokia will sell 10 million Lumia phones per quarter. British bank Barclays sells that Nokia needs to sell 10-12 million Lumia phones per quarter to be profitable.

    We announced last week that it had sold 4.4 million in Q4 2012.

    In January-March, the mobile unit’s operating profit margin is expected to be -2.


  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    After Getting Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From Microsoft, Nokia to Start Paying Redmond

    There was a doozy of a footnote in Nokia’s earnings report on Thursday.

    Since signing its deal to go with Windows Phone in February 2011, Nokia has been getting $250 million per quarter in “platform support payments” from Microsoft. Nokia also pays Microsoft an unspecified amount of royalties for using Windows Phone. It varies based on the amount of phones Nokia ships, and there are also minimum commitments. Over the life of the deal, Nokia and Microsoft have said there will be billions of dollars going between the two companies.

    “Over the life of the agreement the total amount of the platform support payments is expected to slightly exceed the total amount of the minimum software royalty commitment payments,” Nokia said.

    So, to recap, Nokia has bet the business on Windows Phone. After getting a pile of money initially, it now owes Microsoft more than it can expect to get. And Microsoft might be doing a competing Windows Phone of its own.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia is making history – does not pay dividends

    The Board of Directors proposes that the company does not pay a dividend for the 2012 results. Nokia filed its owners without dividend last time in 1989.

    In October-December, 2012 Nokia’s operating margin was 7.9 percent and operating profit EUR 439 million.

    Full-year pre-tax profit was EUR 215 million loss.

    Fourth quarter net sales declined year on year by 20 per cent to about 8 billion. Full-year net sales fell by 22 per cent compared with 2011.


  6. tomi says:

    Nokia’s 808 PureView Officially the End of the Symbian Line

    “Symbian is now officially dead, Nokia confirmed”

  7. tomi says:

    Nokia Confirms The PureView Was Officially The Last Symbian Phone

    Symbian is now officially dead, Nokia confirmed today. In the company’s earnings announcement that came out a little while ago, Nokia confirmed that the 808 PureView, released last year, was the very last device that the company would make on the Symbian platform: “During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company wrote. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows Phone 8 hasn’t slowed Microsoft’s mobile freefall
    New data shows Redmond’s smartphone share is smaller than ever

    Four months after its formal launch, not only has Windows Phone 8 failed to win Microsoft a bigger piece of the mobile pie, but Redmond’s share of US smartphone subscribers is actually still shrinking, according to the latest figures from analytics firm comScore.

    As we know from Nokia’s own financial disclosures, things haven’t exactly been rosy at the Finnish firm since it signed its devil’s bargain with Microsoft in 2011. Sales of Windows Phone–powered Lumia handsets have been slower than expected, and during the fourth quarter of 2012, Nokia’s overall unit sales volume was down 24 per cent from the previous year’s Q4.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    All Told, Nokia Owes $650M More To Microsoft In Their Long-Term Platform Deal, Says Nokia, But 2013 Will See A Net Gain For Finland

    Nokia today filed its 20-F financial report for the last fiscal year

    Perhaps more interestingly, it also spelled out some more detail on how much Nokia stands to gain this year in its Microsoft partnership to develop Lumia devices based on Windows Phone, Redmond’s flagship mobile operating system, but pay out more overall.

    It notes that the remaining minimum software royalty commitment payments from Nokia to Microsoft are expected to exceed the remaining platform support payments from Microsoft to Nokia by a total of approximately €500 million over the remaining life of the agreement.

    Currently Nokia says that quarterly platform payments total $250 million.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nordea: Windows Phone’s market share in double digits in late 2013

    - We can see that Windows Phonesta has already become the third ecosystem and it has surpassed RIM in all major markets, Nordea’s report is written.

    Nordea points out that the WP’s market share increased to 5-6 percent in the UK, Germany, France and other European key markets, although the new Windows Phone 8 devices can not fully be marketed.

    WP Italy’s share is already 14 per cent.

    Nokia dominates the Windows Phone ecosystem with nearly 80 percent market share.


    Nokia Lumia sales growth means that the license fees go up after this year bigger than Microsoft’s paid support.

    Nokia will pay Microsoft for about 500 million higher license fees for Windows Phone operating system, as Microsoft will pay Nokia platform to support the marketing and development of the current contract period, Nokia estimates in recent years in the 20-F report of the U.S. financial authorities.


  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    We’re focused on offering products that solve everyday problems: Stephen A Elop
    Interview with President and Chief Executive Officer, Nokia

    How would you evaluate your organisation’s ability to adapt and change to disruptive events?
    We’re focused on offering products that solve everyday problems, such as the desire to capture great photos on your smartphone, no matter the lighting conditions – indeed this is an area we intend to disrupt.

    What do you see as the biggest threat or concern for you in the next 12 months?
    On a micro level, the biggest threat for us is always the next disruption around the corner. On the macro level, you can list all of the different economic issues, including the financial threats in Europe and the United States, but if you look across all of these various challenges, the common threat is to the extent to which business leaders and government leaders cannot reach a reasonable conclusion to do the right thing.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia Meltemi: Homegrown Platform’s Features Detailed

    We were sent a very interesting slide from an anonymous tipster to our tip line

    we are fairly confident the slide is a legitimate Nokia document.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014
    Sign of Win Phone update or death knell?

    If you’re shopping for a new mobe on a two year contract and like the look of a Windows Phone, chances are you’ll be compelled to undergo an OS upgrade or face using a handset that’s not supported by the end of your deal.

    The Reg offers this advice with a tip of the hat to Italian site Plaffo, which pointed out a Microsoft support document that says Windows Phone 8 support ends in July 2014, just 16 months from now.

    The document also says Windows Phone 8 is already past its “lifecycle start date”, aka the point at which Microsoft starts counting down to the end of support.

    A more favourable and sensible interpretation could suggest the swift demise of Windows Phone 8 is actually a sign of strong ongoing support for Windows Phone, as if Microsoft already knows the day on which it will shut down support for Phone 8 it must have either Windows Phone 8.5 or Windows Phone 9 ready to go pretty soon now.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft: No need for own-made Windows Phones, we have plenty of say over Nokia

    If you think Nokia is the one coming up with all the ideas for its range of Windows Phone smartphones, think again. Microsoft has told Pocket-lint that it has plenty of influence over what is and what isn’t included.

    “Our relationship is so close we get hardware early and we have some say in how these things are designed.”

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia shuts its biggest store in the world in Shanghai

    Summary: Nokia has shuttered its flagship store in China, and is looking to mobile operators and others to pick up the slack.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    D Shivakumar: Lack of innovation hurt Nokia

    Lack of innovations in technology was the cause for Nokia to fall behind its competitors, said D Shivakumar, who recently decided to step down from the Finnish mobile phone maker as head of its India, Middle East and Africa operations.

    “In technology, innovations happen in every six to ten weeks. Our Symbian operating system has fallen behind others such as Android and iOS in a few dimensions of technology in the last two to three years. That is why consumers punish us,”

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘Android before Android’: The long, strange history of Symbian and why it matters for Nokia’s future

    Summary: When Nokia decided to ditch Symbian back in 2011, it effectively signed the OS’ death warrant. Is history now poised to repeat itself as Nokia squares up to Android in emerging markets?

    It may be sliding into obscurity today, but Symbian was for many years in the mid-to-late 2000s a huge success. For most of the last decade, Symbian shifted millions of units (and still does, even now).

    And while discussions over Nokia’s OS strategy tend to focus on Lumia shipments, it’s easy to forget how big, and innovative, Symbian once was.

    Back in mid-2007, Nokia and Symbian were on top – Symbian had 65 percent of the smartphone market, while one in every two phones sold worldwide carried the Nokia logo. The pairing was a European success story

    Symbian was arguably the inventor of the smartphone category.

    Today, Android has around three-quarters of the smartphone market, but many of the characteristics that helped make it successful were used by Symbian years before.

    Symbian also spotted the importance of touch and large-screen devices, supporting UIs just for such handsets – Series 90 and UIQ for touch (albeit stylus rather than multitouch based), and Series 80 for big-screen handsets. It even picked up on the web browsing trend early, making a WebKit based browser available from 2006 (WebKit is today used by the likes of Apple, as well as Android).

    It also used the open source development model that underpins Android

    It was a move that made a lot of sense, but one which failed to pay off.

    But despite having ideas that were ahead of its time, Symbian failed to benefit from the first mover advantage of any of them.

    You don’t use phones to sell ecosystems, you use ecosystems to sell phones. Symbian had always embraced and encouraged third-party developers

    However, “as it turns out, after-market software sales for Symbian smartphones remained low”

    What aided Apple and hobbled Symbian was the same phenomenon: the app store. Apple made it easier for consumers to buy apps by opening a single storefront, a feat Symbian never managed, although Nokia did open the Ovi store in 2009 to sell Symbian apps – notably behind Apple’s iOS, Android and RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which got their app stores in 2008.

    Nigel Clifford, head of Symbian from 2005 to 2008 and now CEO of Procserve, described the lack of a single Symbian app store as one of Symbian’s “fatal fragmentations”. “It was offputting to anyone without the resources to create one of their own – and they are expensive things to develop and maintain,” he said.

    there were four different UIs that ran on top of the Symbian OS builds: S60, S80, S90 and UIQ.

    “Unfortunately there were three things that really held Symbian back – one, having to charge a licence fee (which we eventually solved); two, not having a unified and complete UI developed with the OS; and three, the fragmented app/ecosystem community,” said Clifford.

    “Symbian ran out of steam – it ran out of development potential, particularly as it was geared at that higher end of devices. Symbian was becoming an unmanageable bit of software. It represented challenges in how you could change the user experience.”

    “Symbian was limited by its legacy code and its installed based to meet the challenge of more modern APIs and better development tools provided by Apple and Google, which both started with a clean slate.”

    When Nokia announced in 2011 that it was ditching Symbian as its primary smartphone platform in favour of Windows Phone, it effectively signalled that the end was nigh for the OS.

    Nokia said it would wind down its use of Symbian, and later that year announced that Accenture was to take over development work and support for the OS.

    That outsourcing deal will close in 2016, and is unlikely to be renewed.

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia’s Bet On Windows Phone Looks Like A Good One So Far

    Nokia’s faith in Windows Phone seems to be paying off for now. The company continues to not only dominate the Windows Phone market but also take away market share from rivals such as Samsung and HTC, according to a recently released report by AdDuplex. The usage stats for April show that Nokia has increased its share of the Windows Phone market to 80%, up from about 78% a month ago.

    Windows Phone 8′s share of the overall WP market accelerated to 43%, more than doubling from 19% three months back.

    Windows Phone allows Nokia to get more marketing might behind the Lumia brand. Not only is it in the interest of Microsoft to promote the platform, but also for the carriers who are looking to increase competition in their supply chain and gradually decrease the impact of smartphone subsidies. With Android, Nokia would have been on its own

    We believe that adopting the Windows Phone has given Nokia a fighting chance in the smartphone industry, but its long term ambitions are still tied to the sustainability of Windows Phone, as a viable third alternative to iOS and Android.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia announced its results – the Lumia sales reached expectations

    Nokia says it sold 5.6 million Lumia phones in the first quarter of 2013.

    In the first quarter, net sales totaled EUR 5.9 billion.

    Nokia’s pre-tax profit (non-IFRS) in the January-March profit totaled EUR 74 million. The loss per share was EUR 0.02.


  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia Lumia sales hit record high of 5.6 million in Q1, nearly 20 million in total

    Nokia’s latest quarterly earnings show that the Finnish smartphone maker continues to improve its Lumia sales. Following a jump in Lumia sales in Q4 2012, Nokia’s first quarter of 2013 saw the company sell 5.6 million Lumias

    Up to March 31st, Nokia has sold 19.9 million Lumias in total since shipping its first Windows Phone device, the Lumia 800, in November 2011.

    North American device sales took a hit this quarter with 400,000 shipped in total, a 33 percent decline year-on-year. Nokia previously shipped 700,000 devices in North America during the previous quarter.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia posts $196 million loss amid otherwise encouraging results

    After a brief return to profitability last quarter, Nokia has posted a small loss in Q1 2013. The company’s operating loss was €150 million (roughly $196 million) on €5.85 billion ($7.65 billion) in revenue over the quarter, but despite the losses, today’s financial results are definitely encouraging.

    Shipments of Nokia’s Lumia Windows Phones increased from 4.4 million last quarter to 5.6 million, which represents an all-time high since Elop made the decision to switch to Microsoft’s then-fledgling smartphone platform.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia and Microsoft: True Love or a Marriage of Convenience?

    Nokia’s VP of European Sales and Marketing, Chris Weber, and asked him where Nokia’s future lies.

    “Microsoft has the broadest ecosystem across phone, tablet, PC and XBOX – what we call the digital lifestyle”

    “There are two reasons we bet on Microsoft. First, we felt we could differentiate, so we’re partnering tightly with them, and specifically on imaging. Second, Microsoft has the broadest ecosystem across phone, tablet, PC and XBOX – what we call the digital lifestyle, and that’s something that’s not talked about enough. Cloud services like Skydrive, Search by Bing, XBOX gaming assets and Skype… this is a whole set of things we define as the digital lifestyle and being able to tie all that together makes us very excited about being in bed with Microsoft.”

    He’s undoubtedly got a point. The Microsoft ecosystem is far-reaching and well established, and Nokia Lumia represents the very best Windows Phone has to offer. But it’s still hamstrung by the historically poor press, a generally negative consumer perception that it’s always going to be second fiddle to Android and Apple, and this sense of a last-minute last stand for survival. The consumer is not convinced.

    “We’re making progress. We sold 4.4million Lumia devices worldwide in Q4 2012, then 5.6million in Q1 2013 and we said we’d grow even faster in Q2.”

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What can we learn from Nokia?

    Subcontractors have been kept a tight grip on Nokia’s incredible rise and collapse like the return of mortal among the Finnish industry is of great stories. We can no longer boast of the world’s greatest mobile company, but if we can learn something about the story?

    Seppälä started in early 2002, Elcoteq’s the same with Nokia, the company’s net sales of 1.2 billion came from Nokia. It was a huge amount of money, and the pot grew at a rapid pace.

    “The decisions we were away from easy. While Nokia demanded constant discount prices, volumes grew so strong that it does not feel bad, “Seppala says.

    “Nokia was used to justify the decision. Whenever the Nokia demanded something we agreed to do, it lost the trade. ”

    Nokia’s “Seduce and squeeze”-tactics revealed Seppälä and Elcoteq’s owners, when Nokia first demanded Elcoteq to invest in the establishment of new factories, and when the investment was made, since the price cranks down.

    “Nokia is a company full of unwieldy bureaucracy,” said second sub-contractor.

    “Nokia is very prescriptive, slow and sluggish. Decision-making is a long process and requires all long internal politics, “replied the third, and continues:” The Nokia deals with other companies to subordinates, even in a situation where we are in the same line. ”

    Nokia’s peak years, many entrepreneurs had difficulty in accepting that had driven the company to a situation where a significant one too, customers have grown to full power. Nokia was in the days of greatness like Caesar. It depended on the position of the thumb, to achieve the Finnish subcontractor fabulous success, or it crashed to destruction.

    Then it happened.

    When Caesar then fell down, and at best 65 euros share price fell to less than two euros


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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ex-employees open: That’s why Nokia collapsed

    - Arrogance – from senior executives to customers working in groups. Jorma Ollila saw it and talked about it the last year of existence, but it was too late, says one commentator.

    - Either we do not believe in their own market research, we understand our customers and our arrogant leaders thought they knew better. We just finished a discovery and we became followers, says another one.

    Workers accuse including Nokia’s management LinkedIn online community discussion. The chain has become more than 90 comments.

    Former nokia range of about 40 per cent market share and sales of hundreds of millions of phones was consistently rely too much on themselves and Nokia’s unshakeable position.

    - I have never seen a company of so many leaders whose sole function was to send emails to other leaders.

    - Later, I heard that my colleagues in Oulu find the (ironic) celebration, when the leader and boss tittles exceeded the number of employees of other Nokia’s phone book.

    - “Connecting People,” in spite of the argument we had very, very little insight as to how the actual consumer used our equipment.

    Nokia focused on serving operators instead of customers.
    On the other hand other comments Nokia’s allegedly responded arrogantly to operators, especially in the United States.

    Instead of development of product the the company’s management rather relied on increasing market share at the expense of quality, risk avoidance, and cost cutting.

    Thus, bringing new ideas, products became difficult, if it does not have to prove to bring income. Thus, internal meetings was the safest way to knock out new product ideas and to favor certain cost-saving measures. At the same time was avoided responsibility for any failures.

    - Even small things shot up many administrative layers higher up, and the decision-making process was really slow.

    This is why Nokia is often delayed by the mobile phone industry from breeding new technologies, the ex-Nokia employees claim.

    The tragedy was that many of the new technologies were invented by Nokia in the past, but the project was suspended because of their popularity and revenue was not sure.

    Nokia had to hire more people to grow up. Therefore, the company also reached unqualified workers. This happens often in companies, and to a certain extent that there is no great harm.

    If the company is not careful, an upward turn, with unqualified access to hiring new employees. After this, providers will begin to leave the company.

    - You do not say, “I made the wrong choices.” If no one is responsible for the wrong decisions, then all are responsible


  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is this Nokia’s 41-megapixel ‘EOS’ Windows Phone?

    Nokia is preparing a Windows Phone version of its 808 PureView, and early prototypes of the device appear to have made their way into the wild. Designed as Nokia’s next major flagship with a 41-megapixel camera, and codenamed EOS, a device that appears to resemble a Lumia with a large camera sensor has appeared at Chinese site WPDang.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is This Nokia’s Full-On PureView Windows Phone?

    We heard Nokia was planning on releasing a true, full-on PureView Windows Phone that would have a sensor as ridiculous as Nokia’s 41-megapixel 808. Only this time it would run Windows Phone. Could this be it?

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia planning to cease shipments of Symbian devices this summer

    Ever since Nokia first announced that it’d be adopting Windows Phone as part of a “strategic partnership” with Microsoft, the Finnish manufacturer as steadily been turning its focus away from its Symbian-based products in favor of its Windows Phone-powered Lumia hardware and its affordable line of Asha handsets. Now a new report claims that Nokia will soon complete its transition from Symbian by ceasing shipments of products running the operating system.

    According to the Financial Times, Nokia is planning to stop shipments of its Symbian-based smartphones this summer. The company isn’t expected to make a formal announcement regarding the decision since there’s still stock of Symbian hardware in some parts of the globe.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Explored Deal for Nokia

    Microsoft Corp. MSFT -1.11% recently held advanced talks with Nokia Corp. NOK1V.HE +3.08% about buying its handset business, people familiar with the matter said, as laggards in the fast-moving mobile market struggle to gain ground.

    The discussions faltered over price and worries about Nokia’s slumping market position, among other issues, these people said. One of the people said talks took place as recently as this month but aren’t likely to be revived.

    “We have a deep partnership with Microsoft, and it is not uncommon for Nokia and Microsoft to meet on a regular basis,” a Nokia spokeswoman said

    It isn’t clear how much money Nokia wanted for its handset unit. Nokia’s U.S. stock-market value is more than $14 billion, and the company generated nearly half of its €30.2 billion, or about $40.15 billion, in revenue last year from its mobile-phone segment.

    Hardware and software suppliers, retailers, television networks and many other companies increasingly see smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices as fundamental to their futures. Consumers are spending more of their time glued to their phones—watching videos, shopping, keeping tabs on their friends and staying on top of work—than on the personal computers once at the center of the tech sector.

    Nokia agreed to use only Windows Phone software to power its smartphones. Microsoft agreed to spend billions of dollars to give Nokia help with marketing and engineering.

    But the partnership so far has failed to significantly lift the companies’ mobile fortunes.

    Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has continued to defend the promise of its phone software to become a major contender. But it remains a disappointment

    Even with Microsoft’s new emphasis on homegrown hardware, it isn’t clear why Microsoft would be interested in owning Nokia’s devices business, which is mainly comprised of mobile phones. The companies’ existing partnership essentially made the Finnish company entirely dependent on Microsoft, without requiring Mr. Ballmer to buy Nokia outright.

  31. Tomi says:

    Microsoft details new Windows Phone 8 update, but real fixes won’t come until 2014

    Microsoft published details of its upcoming Windows Phone 8 update on Thursday, revealing the minor changes that are due to roll out shortly. Known as General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2),

    According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Phone plans, the company is in a “shut up and ship” mode. We’re told that the lack of significant changes is due to the focus on Windows Phone’s “Blue” update. The future update, expected in early 2014, looks set to include a notification center, improved multitasking, and changes to built-in apps.

    We’ve learned that Microsoft had planned to roll out a number of Windows Phone updates more frequently, but delays in testing new chipsets and bugs in some of the GDR updates have slowed down feature additions. One particular bug with unbranded devices not sold by carriers is said to have affected the way a handset is identified on a network. We’re told that Microsoft had a hard time fixing this particular problem, resulting in delays to other planned work.

    We’re told that most of the focus for Windows Phone software improvements is related to hardware release and refreshes. The future GDR3 update will include support for 5- and 6-inch Windows Phones with 1080p resolutions, and quad-core chipsets.

  32. Microsoft to buy Nokia’s phone business « Tomi Engdahl’s ePanorama blog says:

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