With the news that Microsoft is acquiring Nokia's mobile business unit still fresh, we take a look back at the relationship between the two companies over the years.
If you want to get specific, Nokia and Microsoft first teamed up in 2005 to help transfer Windows Media Audio files to Nokia phones. But the relationship that led to the recent acquisition started just a few years ago.
August 2009 Microsoft, Nokia ink mobile Office deal One the earliest partnerships between Nokia and Microsoft had nothing to do with Windows Phone. Instead, the two companies got together to build a … Read more
Microsoft on Tuesday revealed plans to buy Nokia's device and services division for $7.2 billion. The company views the deal as its way to gain more traction in a smartphone market currently dominated by Apple and Samsung. It's also a way for Microsoft to become more Apple-like, controlling both hardware and software.
While the move could help Microsoft in mobile, it also could upset the software maker's other Windows Phone partners and push them away from … Read more
Changing your name can give you new life.
Ask Prince, but don't ask Chad Johnson.
It seems, then, that Microsoft might have (yet) an(other) interesting challenge as it turns Nokia's phones into its own.
Even though some might find the wording of Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's device and services division a little fuzzy around the edges, it seems clear that future Lumia phones won't be called Nokia Lumia.
Why would they be? Microsoft hasn't bought the Nokia brand. And, in recent times, the Redmond, Wash.-based company has shown sudden joy in creating … Read more
You might think Windows Phone makers would be peeved to find out they're now competing against the very company that provides them software. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a different take.
In a conference call Tuesday with analysts and journalists, Ballmer said that he believes his company's $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone business "grows the OEM opportunity," adding that he's already spoken with OEMs -- an industry term for device makers -- who have shared their enthusiasm about the deal.
"I've talked to a number of OEMs who are more … Read more
Under Nokia's plan to sell its mobile-phone business to Microsoft for $7.2 billion, the company will lose its biggest tie with consumers. So what would the new Nokia look like?
Very different. It'll have three businesses, and only the smallest, the Nokia Here mapping service, will be something the average person might see when using a smartphone app or in-dash car navigation system.
The other two businesses are Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), which sells network equipment to 600 carriers in 120 countries, and technology licensing, which includes Nokia's patent lawsuits against Google, HTC, BlackBerry, and … Read more
In a comment that should surprise no one, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Tuesday that Nokia's Stephen Elop is a candidate to replace him.
"Stephen will go from external [candidate] to internal," Ballmer told the Seattle Times, though he also said the Microsoft board will evaluate all candidates.
Elop led Microsoft's Microsoft Office division until he left to become Nokia's CEO three years ago. There, he hammered out the tight Microsoft-Nokia partnership around the Windows Phone operating system. Now Elop has stepped back to the role of executive vice president of Nokia's devices … Read more
The decision to sell Nokia's devices and services division to Microsoft for $7.2 billion was a difficult choice, but market dynamics meant it was the only practical one, the Finnish company's outgoing CEO Stephen Elop and interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa said Tuesday.
"We need more combined muscle to truly break through with consumers," Elop said in a press conference in Espoo, Finland, where Nokia has its headquarters. "I share the frustration that comes from being so far behind two very large competitors," he added, referring to Apple's iOS Google's Android, but … Read more
Microsoft's two-and-a-half-year partnership with Nokia hasn't been great for Windows revenue generation. According to a PowerPoint presentation from Microsoft on the newly announced deal to acquire Nokia's phone operations, the company has less than a $10 gross margin for each Nokia Windows Phone sold.
With the $7.2 billion acquisition, Microsoft said, things will get better -- when that deal is completed, Redmond expects to earn more than $40 in gross margin per unit with an integrated team and more focused marketing. At 50 million units, Microsoft expects to reach break-even on the new business … Read more
Remember when Apple lived and died by vertically integrated software and hardware, while Google and Microsoft stood their philosophical ground and created open and not-very-open software (respectively) in order to proliferate across myriad devices and gobble up market share in the doing?
So, that seems over now. Suddenly Google and Microsoft are intensely in the hardware game. Google creates custom hardware to show off and expand its Android and Chrome OS powers, buys Motorola Mobility and risks all kinds of partner wrath to put Google bells and whistles on the new Moto X. And then Microsoft goes and drops $7 billion on Nokia's device and services division … Read more