I like that imagery, @SachinEE. Who knows: now Apple's iOS 7 looks more like Android and Blackberry's laying off thousands of employees, perhaps those seeking something different may give more serious consideration to Windows. OTOH, with the upcoming availability of other alternatives like Jolla, Windows may not be different enough. Not sure which features or capabilities Microsoft/Nokia would have to offer in order to really drive adoption of their devices and mobile OS.
@ rwhidbee, Microsoft really seems to have lost its vision and is trying to like hitch hike toward some sort of success. I have been optimist about Microsoft as it has sizeable money and human capital in its coffers, but this move has somehow disappointed me. What good the CEO of a selling company could bring to Microsoft is incomprehensible to me.
Two hungry men can hardly help each other. That is what it seems like, the Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. Smart phone market is really well defined and people think almost only of Apple iOs and Google Android in smart phone terms. While it is yet to see if Microsoft could come up with something new in smart phone market, prospects are rather bleak.
@slfisher I know at least this that these kind of ventures are not without purpose or any future planning. We being sitting outside might not see it comming till it actually surfaced. I think its better to wait before making any assumptions. ?
Robjvargas - Good point. The modders develop technology -- or ways to tweak existing technology -- that finds its way into off-the-shelf PCs.
You still see hacking of proprietary technology -- people running MacOS on non-Apple PCs, for example, called "Hackintoshes" -- but it's very rare and technically illegal.
There's a terrific company here in Southern California called Weaknees that sells hacked TiVos. They'll drop a massively big hard drive in a TiVo and sell it to you. This company exists because TiVo legally permits, and even encourage, hacking its products. Wouldn't it be great if Weakness could get into the hacked-iPhone business? There is no sane reason why Apple should be allowed to dictate what it is legal to do with a legally purchased iPhone.
How would the general consumer, who neither knows nor wants to build their own PC, be harmed in this scenario?
GPU's exist largely because modders wanted them. Would the manufacturers of whole PC's, or Windows, have ever gone there otherwise? At the very least, not nearly so quickly. And (potentially) the PC would therefore have not been ready for the move to HD.
That's just one example. I think the modding community, perhaps calling it the "independent hardware" community might be a worthy euphemism, has driven a great deal of hardware advancement.
I think this acquisition could be good in the long run for MSFT -- but it's not going to disrupt the iOS/Android hegemony in the short term. This is a play for a distant 3rd place finish and a spot on the top 3 podium for a bronze.
The mobile gadget business isn't that secure. Apple went from having no presence in the phone market AT ALL to being in the top 2 in less than a decade. Sure, Apple has built a moat of app developers and a marketplace for content that will be hard to dislodge, but MSFT could potentially start eating up the low-end market by building off a Nokia userbase. MSFT just has to stop being so single-minded about always pushing a Windows mobile OS and maybe try a "throw everything out there and see what sticks" strategy like Samsung has. And. Just. Make. Good. Phones. (or Tablets/Phablets/etc)
Throughout the 90s and 00s hardware and software were separate businesses, but now it's like back to the 80s.
Apple has always had their own hardware and software -- Steve Jobs used to say something along the lines of: "any serious tech company needs to control its own hardware and software" -- and even Microsoft has dipped its toe into hardware and found success with the XBox. It's a reasonable strategy that the ability to design a product experience with control over both the hardware and software leads to a better end result for both the end user and the manufacturer. I always think of Sony PCs when I think of this strategy -- Sony makes nice looking PCs, but once you actually take them out of the box and try to use them... it's like finding out your Lamborghini has a Yugo engine and interior.
I'm wondering if Dell will ever catch on to this trend and try to fork its own version of linux so that it can actually make unique products for consumers (or if HP will.. or if Sony will.. or Samsung...).
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