#Michael, on 05 February 2013 - 20:03, said:
Actually what I see in the long term is Microsoft looking to become an apple business model where they control pc and mobile hardware through an increasing controlling interest in Dell and Nokia.
At this point the buying out of the two I'd merge the Nokia and Dell, kick off the Dell brand and have Nokia as the hardware brand which sits under the larger Microsoft umbrella. IMHO Microsoft also needs to be a lot more choosy about who can and cannot get an OEM license as the rise of third rate third parties really ruin the Microsoft brand - how many times have you heard people blame Microsoft for the crappiness of third parties? heck, on this very forum we had a person blaming Windows 8 for BSOD'ing whilst ignoring that 9/10 a BSOD is caused either by a crappy driver or faulty hardware (you'd think on a technology oriented website such as this the calibre of people would be a lot higher).