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#1 alwaysonacoffebreak

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:23

There are so many articles around the web (mostly on tech sites of course) with questions that what will MS do with Nokia next.

 

The answer to that is quite simple actually, nothing.

 

Even here we can see a lot of comments on people not getting the fact that MS didn't buy Nokia itself but the manufacturing plants and the rights to the name for a while. Also to the deal that Nokia can not make mobile products until 2016. That is all MS got out of the deal (Thanks to a trojan horse...)

 

Some people forget that Nokia is way bigger than just mobile phones. They have the most important (if not the most important but somewhere up there) patent portfolio and Im not talking about "rounded corners" patents, but patents that actually do matter. I'm a bit hungover so please do the Googling yourself for that.

 

Secondly, NSN (Still not renamed? Since, well, Nokia just bought the rest of the shares from Siemens) is a huge business that MS doesn't have any word in what so ever.  A lot of NSN products are actually produced here and as far as I've heard the orders keep coming in.

 

HERE maps and other software still is Nokia's and once again MS does not own those.

 

A lot of people speculate if Nokia will get back into the mobile business after 2016 but no one knows that but Nokia itself. Just because they sold the fabs don't mean they can't get back. There were already talks about Nokia buying Alcatel (which has mobile plants) but I think that actually had something to do with NSN rather than mobiles. Nokia also doesn't even need a fab of their own, they can, at any time, outsource their design to someone and maybe even keep a little bit costs down with that.

 

So to cut it short, MS is free to do what they want with the new fabs they got but they can't do anything else to Nokia. :)

 

/rant

 




#2 Xahid

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:35

you do really cares about Nokia, don't you ? :D



#3 OP alwaysonacoffebreak

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:36

Well not that but spewing fud all over the net and talking like MS has any more power over Nokia...well maybe this will just ease the confusion a little :)

 

And well, I do feel sorry for Nokia a little.



#4 dingl_

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:51

Nothing? they bought the factories, they bought much of the devices& services dev, they purchased much talent, they bought their Smartphone unit(that's kind of the point), they own Lumia, they even own the awkward android Nokia X-XL designs, they own the camera tech, ClearBlack, PureView etc. they own the battery charging tech the list goes on

 

They(Msft) will eventually be building and pushing their very own First Smartphone device tightly interwoven with WindowsPhone SO if that's your idea of nothing, you're got some silly ideas

 

There is no confusion, everybody knows Nokia still exists, everyone knows exactly what Microsoft purchased- Devices& services and some other odds and ends, so I'm not sure what confusion it Is you're trying to clear up? are you confused

 

Microsoft in the end will do more with its Nokia D&S purchase than just phones, It will go on to help Xbox, Kinect, Surface and their future smartphone effort. and Microsoft Is already fairly good as Hardware and software itself(just look at Surface Pro 3 as an example)



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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:59

Wow. Did you even read the full text? Or thought that this childish attack would be the best way to go?



#6 compl3x

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:30

My buddy, who is otherwise a pretty loyal MS customer, recently ditched his Lumia (920 I think) and bought an iPhone 5s, and he generally dislikes Apple products. His main gripe was  alack of official apps; they are usually just web wrappers or 3rd party crap.

 

If loyal customers finally give up and walk off it seems like a bad sign.