Skip to comments.Nokia to sell handset business to Microsoft for $7.2 billion
Posted on 09/03/2013 1:31:46 AM PDT by markomalley
Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft's Windows Phone software, a withered Nokia collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant, agreeing to sell its main handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion).
Nokia, which will continue as a maker of networking equipment and holder of patents, was once the world's dominant handset manufacturer but was long since overtaken by Apple and Samsung in the highly competitive market for more powerful smartphones.
Nokia's Canadian boss Stephen Elop, who ran Microsoft's business software division before jumping to Nokia in 2010, will now return to the U.S. firm as head of its mobile devices business.
He is being discussed as a possible replacement for Microsoft's retiring CEO Steve Ballmer, who is trying to remake the U.S. firm into a gadget and services company like Apple before he departs, after disastrous attempts so far to compete in mobile devices.
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Everyone likes to dump on Microsoft, but I love Windows 8. I have an android smartphone, which I also like, but the interface is jumbled, in comparison to an iPhone. Windows 8 provides a unified interface, like Apple. I think Windows phone has potential.
You like Windows 8?
Do you have a touch screen?
Do you use the next-generation interface—or click through for a Windows 7-style experience?
Sounds like a loser to me. Smartphones have reached saturation. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a new smartphone when you can get a reconditioned smartphone on e-bay for about $40?
In fact we like the interface and when 8.1 comes out in October she gets a free upgrade and I plan on building a new desktop with W8.1.
Then I’ll ask you, do you use the new interface throughout—or just click through to the traditional one?
Then again she uses her laptop everyday and will be using W8 where she works as they move into a new building next month. She is adapting faster than I thought she would.
I only use her machine maybe once a week. Mostly I'm on the old Pentium dual core desktop with XP, an Android tablet or my Infinitec Pocket TV dongle.
Forgot to add but you probably know already. Her laptop isn’t touch screen but all of the swipes and touch screen functions are available with the built-in touch pad.
Love it too! Win 8 on non-touch desktop, touch laptop, Surface RT, Nokia 920.
I’m replying from a windows phone having had mine for 9 months. Technically it’s excellent but the lack of apps will kill it. It is just a nitch like the blackberry was.
It's on my daughter's laptop, which I like to steal. It has a touchscreen, so it's much easier to navigate than with a trackpad.
I normally use a desktop with Vista for my graphics-heavy stuff. So I can't say that I've tried Windows 8 with my graphics apps.
My other daughter has a laptop with Windows 7. I much prefer Windows 8.
I’ve got both W7 and W8 laptops, and the only thing I like about my W8 is that it has a touch screen. Can’t get beyond the Metro interface fast enough and hate that it takes me longer to open apps, doesn’t properly close apps that I open inadvertently because of a stray swipe somewhere, etc.
For example, it now takes so long to open the calculator app that I just use an online calculator on this laptop.
My problem now of course is that I keep swiping at the screen of my W7 machine.
That makes sense, but the spillover from other Windows 8 devices might help. Since getting the Windows 8 laptop, I would now consider a Windows phone, which I wouldn't have before.
What a royal mess Windows 8 is. Interface wise, the Metro desktop is chaos. Loaded a freeware program to give a start menu. Metro even hides the %@&* shutdown button. Unloaded all the typical OEM bloatware I could find. Performance started out a dog and have it quite a bit better although I have had to give up using the color CPU as a math coprocessor -This makes the system largely nonfunctional. Over 2 days, I downloaded probably 6 or 7 GB of MS updates plus drivers and bios updates plus programs. Lots of installation reboots and some of the reboots took an hour for the reconfiguration on top of the 30 to 45 minutes of install after the download.
All in all, Windows 8 reminds me of the Windows 95/98 era when they would get resource limited. Work it hard and performance falls off a cliff. With respect to the color card processor issue I have, that could be the OEM’s doing as my work laptop with an earlier model of this card is adequately functional.
BTW, I first bought a high end configured Macbook Air a few days earlier. Spent 8 hours with it loading my programs then found out that the I7 chip and color card were radically limited compared to a typical Windows 7 business system where it counts for number crunching. Beautiful entertainment system but not a workhorse.
First desktop I had was in 1979 (original IBM PC was about 1981) and that HP setup was $20K. I rate that first one as one of the sweetest, most honest machines I have ever used. Bullet proof. I am a dinosaur PC user probably, LOL. Heck, I didn't plan it but once had that HP sitting next to an original IBM PC and they both got exposed to a chlorine gas release at work. The CL2 corroded the IBM's circuits and the older HP kept on chugging. Gotta love milspec construction.
Regarding crashing computers, I just push them. They're like a screwdriver, a tool no more no less. At one point in time, it was uncommon for a laptop computer to last me more than a year. Pure abuse, I used them in production plants for data logging and would just toss them in a doghouse or under a tarp. It was cheaper to wear them out that way instead of paying the outrageous cost of an armored computer. hehehe...
I have a low tolerance for BS in software design. While with a big time petrochemical company, they put me on a corporate expert group that evaluated software for setting corporate standards for one thing or another. The rational was if I had the patience to tolerate the HMI aspect of the software, any damn fool could operate it. It was funny!
The W8 and contemporary MS Office HMI interfaces are a throw back. I've seen this before and in business use, we evolved past this BS several decades ago. Take note of the number of commercial users that are bitterly clinging to their XP and W7 systems.
I am not ready to change my dual screen Win7 work computer any time soon, but I have to tell you that I will someday. I am struggling with sore wrist, shoulder, etc. even with an ergonomic mouse. Using a touch screen will have its own problems, I am sure, but the mouse is killing me slowly.
I hear you on the ergonomics of mouse versus touch screen. I tried my hand at CAD drawings once upon a time and after a few weeks of mousing my hand froze up. Have you tried different shaped mouses? Carpel tunnel is an occupational reality for CAD professionals and you’re likely to see them using some wild shaped mouses. The trick in selecting a mouse is to simply lay your hand on it. You’ll find one shape you have to firmly grasp (bad) and another shape falls naturally to your hand and takes the lightest of touch to manipulate (good).
Just 10 years ago these were by far the most popular cellphones out there.
Yep, I have wireless, ergonomic mice that help a lot. But now while my elbow is better my shoulder gets messed up! Not as bad, but the touchscreen is the best of all. The motion is not as repetitive.
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