Even with its purchase of Nokia, Microsoft won't forget its Windows Phone partners

Even with its purchase of Nokia, Microsoft won't forget its Windows Phone partners
A big name tech company with a mobile OS buys one of its leading partners and questions arise about whether these other partners will get frozen out. Sounds like Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, but we're really talking about Google's purchase in 2011 of Motorola. Yes, the very same questions asked back then about Google are now being asked about Microsoft. And the Redmond based software giant is answering the exact same way that Google did.

Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson says that the acquisition of Nokia "will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners." But just like other Android manufacturers became suspicious of  Motorola and openly wondered if Google would play favorites with Motorola, Microsoft could face the same suspicions from other Windows Phone manufacturers. Microsoft already competes with its tablet producing partners with the Microsoft Surface RT and Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. HTC, Samsung and Huawei are current Windows Phone partners that come to mind, after Nokia.

When Google acquired Motorola, it also acquired a backlog of models that it had to get past before stamping its ideas on a Motorola handset, something that seems to have started with the Motorola Moto X. Remember, Google is spending $500 million advertising the phone. As for Microsoft, it is unknown what kind of backlog Nokia has, although it supposedly does have the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet rumored to be introduced at the end of this month and launched in November. There is also the rumored Nokia Sirius tablet, expected to be unveiled September 26th. The tablet, allegedly seen in a photograph wearing the Verizon brand, would compete with the Microsoft Surface RT.

source: WindowsPhone, AllThingsD via Engadget



1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

M$ is well known for it's policy of EMBRACE,EXTEND and EXTERMINATE.

10. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Good One Dude. I guess thats what happened to Nokia. I wonder what direction Nokia would have taken, if Elop had never entered Nokia.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I sometimes thinks to myself that what if Nokia put all those efforts into their Symbian or meego, what will they achieve??? Think about it pureview camera,Lumia design(N9 design to be precise) ,all those software exclusives(all those effort nokia put on to developers for games and apps for WP),Nokia map service. They could have keep up with competition with quad core processor and 1080p screen etc. I know MS help nokia with their $$$s.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Let's see how well they'll treat Nokia. But I don't want the Nokia Lumia name change.

4. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I agree. It has been the brand we've always known for a while. And i guess MS won't be stupid to change it. That's for sure.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Support it or not most people prefer nokia when it comes to WP. And many OEM's are losing interest in WP because they can't compete against nokia Lumia series. WP market is just like android market only one OEM take most profit which is Nokia. this is more like google brought Samsung instead of Motorola. things will get more interesting from now on...

9. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I wish good things to happen to Nokia.......also to speed up a bit

14. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes, definitely good things to happen to Nokia and sh!t going to happen for other WP phone makers....

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

So finally fandroids yelling about Nokia making Android phone has remained a dream.So now we have 3 major competitors in mobile industry i.e.Apple,Googorola & Microkia.

11. ihatesmartphone unregistered

So goodbye Nokia.

17. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Samsung, not a major competitor in mobile industry?

6. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

Now no OEM or consumer is considering half baked OS.People buy wp8 just because of NOKIA(including me).Now no one give a sh** to arrogant microsoft. I think people in Finland going to ELOP because NOKIA is their national pride.

15. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Now Nokia is NOT AT ALL a pride for Finland, its just a sister co for M$, an US Company...

7. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

Screw up elop

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I saw this coming, when M$ first started giving Nokia those welfare checks in the beginning.

13. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

What happened with Surface Tablet is coming to WP Phones too....

16. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Even Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson is trying very very hard to hide his laugh in this pic...

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

This reminds me of something....

19. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Lets be real. Stop commenting about Symbian or meego when both platforms had potential but were slush when it comes to speed and performance. Both had terrible lag and touch response compared to android and ios. It was either stay with those programs and be like blackberry or take on wp loose money but regain it with more in the end or go android and fight with all the other Android phone makers. You all don't see it but Motorola is going to be the main Android device as time goes by just like Samsung is going to push Tizen more than android eventually.

33. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

DUDE!!!! I think you hit the nail on the head. I have totally see that happening.

20. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Their partners are screwed!!! We all know that Microsoft has been playing favorites with Nokia. Who will want to buy a HTC or Samsung WP now?

21. Seo_Joo_Hyun

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 14, 2013


22. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What have you done Stephen Elop! All I wanted is Nokia to be Nokia. Nokia has been more than 20 years in mobile phone making and just sold of for $7.2 billion like that. Please wake up and see the world. Why not be like few years back. Coming out phones with multiple OS market. Like Linux and Symbian. Why not Nokia try to take two OS like Android and MIcrosoft? Selling to Microsoft is a no go. Really upset me by accepting only $7.2 billion for mobile platform. Why not view yourself as a infiniti?

23. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Their partners need to do a better job in creating the experience WP deserves. MS did this to show them the way much like they are doing with the Surface because clearly OEMs no nothing about creating a unique product without help.

24. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

As a Nokia shareholder, I will be selling my stock today. I made money, so I can't complain. Thanks Nokia.

25. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

thats it. im buying nokia car tires instead of phones.

26. papss unregistered

I'm excited for this move only because Nokia can focus on making great products versus cash flow for the time being.

27. abhijithkumar.nit

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Google acquired motorola for 12.5 billion$---Microsoft acquired Nokia for 7.17 billion$ Don't you guys think the later is under valued??

28. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

You gotta add on to what M$ already put into Nokia, those billions aren't counted.

29. papss unregistered

Still a great deal no matter how you look at it

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