Microsoft starts swallowing Nokia's websites


It looks like the rumors about Microsoft dropping the Nokia brand were true. Nokia UK today informed the world that it had “moved to a new home” - a Microsoft Mobile website. At the same time, the old Nokia UK website still exists, though it politely invites visitors to head over to the aforementioned new home.

Other regional Nokia websites haven’t moved yet, but it will probably not be long before this happens.

From now on, new Lumia smartphones will most likely be released under the “Microsoft Lumia” brand. Thus, the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 / 735 seem to be the very last Nokia handsets.

It’s said that Microsoft also intends to get rid of the “Phone” part from Windows Phone - in order to “streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes”, as the company’s CEO Satya Nadella declared earlier this year. So we’re just going to have Lumia Windows phones. That’s better than Lumia Windows Phone phones, right?

Phones aside, the Nokia brand is alive and well. The Finnish company’s main business now is to provide telecommunications equipment and services.

sources: Nokia UK (1), (2), Microsoft Mobile

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34 Comments

1. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I don't mind. Surface are quality services. Nokia will bounce back. They might even reenter the mobile market in ten years but by then who would care?

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I see "Phone" dropped from windows phone in Lumia 530 adverts. Microsoft Lumia sounds weird. Name it something like... ... ... Sh*t Nokia Lumia is perfect. Nothing else comes close :(

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Or simply Lumia :)

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah i think they'll just end up saying Lumia (whatever version) and they'll market it as WINDOWS on your phone as opposed to Windows Phone. Something like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx8nM6opW00&list=UUf9Meth4vS94mn6dzz2rRMw&index=7

5. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

there is rumors that meego and meltemi is not dead yet. nokia is developing new cloud os based on meego and meltemi os. www.nokiapoweruser.com/2014/08/17/meego-meltemi-not-dead-may-metamorphose-into-a-cloud-based-nokia-os-in-future/

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Intresting. I hope it does not ends like tizen.

13. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Samsung, with billions to spend, tried and failed with Bada, and is failing with Tizen. Microsoft, with billions to spend, is failing with Windows Phone. What on Earth makes anyone believe that Nokia, without billions to spend, has any interest in getting back into a market they already failed in.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I agree with you with just about everything you stated, except the Microsoft failing with Windows Phone part, now more than ever Windows on your phone is alive, more users, more apps, more hardware, cloud and mobile push etc.

23. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

google with bilions of money they force nokia in court to give them video codec patents, apple with bilions of money yet they pay millions of euros to nokia each year for patents samsung with billions of money they pay nokia each year for patents. same to lenovo, quallcom, lg, htc, blackberry and others. look at wp all exciting features come from nokia, even android, ios, bb10 and tizen they have borrow so many features from meego and symbian. nokia knows how to innovate thats why i give them chance to succeed again

7. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

And do nothing to fix the Nokia Lumia 635/630 Micro SD Card problems.

14. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I have a Lumia 635 that came with a 16GB Class 10 MicroSD card and I have not had any problems. What Micro SD card problems are you referring to?

9. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

10. rkoforever90

Posts: 434; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

this is going to be the biggest fail in smartphone industry. why cant they licence the nokia brand name

33. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

It can't be the biggest fall, because they didn't climb too high...

11. mr2009

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Elop probably laughing his ass off counting money while reading this right now...

12. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

All ignorant think that Nokia died because they chose Windows Phone instead of Android. But in fact, Nokia destroyed itself. Nokia was already dying and suffering. Just remember when Nokia's newer "high-end" phones were worse than their predecessors. Nokia N82 was the last good Nokia. After the N82 era, the new Nokia phones were pile of crap. They were horrible. Nokia released phones with weaker CPU, worse camera, ... totally a downgrade. Without any improvement. S60V3 had several annoying problems. And it was not possible to upgrade the OS on those phones. I've always hated the business strategy of Nokia. When they released a phone which has a plus feature, they took away another feature that was present in older devices. (For example N95 8GB was chargeable with USB, but the N82 wasn't. 6220 Classic was similar to N82, 6220 Classic had newer Symbian version, but it didn't have WiFi and 3D accelerator, ...). Same happened on software level. If you wanted to get the newest Symbian 9.3 and Ovi Maps with free navigation, you had to buy a new device, despite Ovi Maps (cracked version) worked perfectly on Symbian 9.2 too, but Nokia didn't make it officially compatible ON PURPOSE. And they released tons of phones with the same specifications. Nokia didn't care about improving their devices, their customers, innovation, ... so people switched to other brands. In 2009, while the Nokia high-end phones had only 400-600mHz CPU, 480p video recording and no 3D accelerator, the competition (Sony, HTC, Samsung) had 800mhz-1ghz CPU phones with HD video recording and 3D accelerator and more RAM. The Nokia phones in this year were dumbphones compared to the competition. Their N-Gage was a total failure. It should have to use the 3D accelerator (GPU) so it would be the excellent, Nokia exclusive gaming system. But instead, the quality of N-Gage games was equal to Java games, crap. (Except a few games, for example Brothers in Arms, however, that had serious LAG problems on the officially supported classic devices like N95 (8GB), N82. Nice idea, poor execution. So Nokia has never created any good phone without any flaw. They frustrated their users 2009 is the year when I started to hate Nokia. If Microsoft didn't buy Nokia, Nokia would die 4 years ago in 2010. So Microsoft is the saviour of Nokia. If Google didn't create Android, Samsung or HTC with Bada or Windows Mobile would become the market leaders and Nokia would still lose the fight. Conclusion: Nokia deserve to die.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They've NEVER created a good phone without any flaw? That could be said about ANY phone OEM. Name me one flawless phone made by anyone. Every phone made has some drawback, battery, camera, RAM, screen resolution, etc. Now matter how great the phone, none of them are flawless. Whether they would've made it or not going with Android no one can say with certainty, but it would've been nice to see. Regardless, it's always sad to see an industry pioneer go the way of the dodo. You may not like Nokia, but you can't ignore that they contributed immensely to the mobile industry. And I don't mean necessarily with their phones, they've brought about many new technologies and standards that we still use to this day.

24. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

As a diehard fan of Nokia, you speak the truth but people love to make unicorns out of companies they love. spec-wise nokia flagships just couldnt compare. They would have had the same philosophy on android. heck, they had the same philosophy on windows. They initially refused to make windows phone until microsoft lowered the device requirements. To this day the lumia 1520 is the most specced out lumia device. Samsung has the "kitchen sink" philosophy AND IT WORKS. Which is why HTC and SONY suffer so much when they omit a feature a samsung phone has People compare them side by side and choose Samsung because of all of the features. THIS IS FACT. Nokia was already dying before Microsoft got it's claws on it. If not they would have rejected Microsoft just like Atari rejected Apple

25. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

most interesting fact you miss to mention is nokia 5230 was released in late 2009 and was hot in 2010 and 2011. 5230 sold more than 100,000,000 units and up to today no smartphone sell like 5230. at same time someone come to nokia and become ceo and kill symbian. just imagine someone kill symbian while it was leader in market share. nokia didnt release s60v3 smartphone since 2010, but untill 2012 symbian was still strong in market share, just imagine 2 years without low end. while they kill symbian they continue to produce s40 which was worst and expensive to make compare to s60v3.

26. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

N-Gage came out 2003. Your mobile gaming sessions with GPUs of those days would have been very short indeed.

35. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

N-Gage 2 came out in 2008 and died in 2009.

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Great post Well said Totally agree +1

34. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

"All ignorant think that Nokia died because they chose Windows Phone instead of Android." - it's not ignorance it's just different view on the matter. You're ignorant if You don't respect it... "S60V3 had several annoying problems. And it was not possible to upgrade the OS on those phones." - that was a time of serious hardware limitations. They couldn't put new system on old hardware, because it wouldn't handle it. Thanks to that strategy hwever, those phones kept working, and they work even today. If You try Android device from that time, it would be impossible to use it, on daily basis... "If you wanted to get the newest Symbian 9.3 and Ovi Maps with free navigation, you had to buy a new device" - Yes but they were the only ones who had free offline worldwide navigation. So don't get mad, that they wanted You to buy new device to have it... "So Nokia has never created any good phone without any flaw." - nor did any other manufacturer ever.

36. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

"it's not ignorance it's just different view on the matter. You're ignorant if You don't respect it" So this means you're one of those ignorants if you want to blame others instead of admitting the obvious facts about Nokia. "that was a time of serious hardware limitations" It wasn't harware limitation. They could make it possible, but they purposely didn't "Yes but they were the only ones who had free offline worldwide navigation. So don't get mad, that they wanted You to buy new device to have it..." Read again. There weren't any free Nokia navigation for 9.2. Except only if you used the cracked Ovi Maps. "nor did any other manufacturer ever." Almost all manufacturer did better phones at that time and since then.

16. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Hidden meaning! What a title for the article! Super PA!!

18. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I could make a dirty joke about the headline but I wont.

21. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

Piece of crap inside...... #mad

22. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Microsoft are such a childish company these days.

27. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Noticed this earlier while looking for Lumia accessories. I don't mind as long as launching nokia.com redirects me to the new MS pages automatically.

32. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

swallowing doesnt sound good . . . . lol . . .

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