Microsoft Phone Home!

The actually somewhat inevitable happened: Microsoft buying Nokia’s phone business.  Here’s how things may go down, and there’s skepticism that Elop is going to be the next big leader.  Elop has his strong points, but don’t expect him to become CEO.

Does any of this surprise anyone?  I’m surprised it took this long.

I see this as having to have some effect on Microsoft’s plans (probably can’t do any worse), but am not sure what it’ll mean employment-wise.  Microsoft was doing some hiring lately, so I don’t know if they’ll shed – or add – people.

Also? Nokia’s stock did well.

– Steven Savage

Late Breaking Geekery

A few important items

Sony may pull it's music from iTunes, and it's game ideas appear to be a way to compete with Apple.  Of course as we saw Apple is looking into games.  This sounds like a suicidal move on Sony's part, but makes some sense if they want their own ecosystem.

A look at why Nokia's plans with Microsoft may not solve its problems.  I agree the organizational choices don't sound prime, it sounds like splitting to try and get the best out of all markets – with no unified strategy.  I'm starting to think Microsoft is taking advantage of Nokia.

Steven Savage