That Windows Phone might live

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I know that you are all sad and/or angry over the news of Nokia being swallowed by Microsoft. Okay, maybe not all of you. Many of you perhaps? I have read article after article and know all the arguments about how this is a bad move for Nokia. Everybody seems to be mourning Nokia. Nokia was ten times its present size years ago. Nokia is being sold too cheap. Microsoft is known for bungling acquired services. I have read and understood them all. So why do I not share in the sadness or anger?

Against all those arguments I bring only one of mine: Nokia had to go that Windows Phone might live.

Without Nokia, Windows Phone would have been dead by now. The other Windows Phone OEMs are too busy in bed with Android. Nokia gave Windows Phone life, and in death, Nokia gives it an extension of life, a fighting chance, that the struggling OS would otherwise not have had. Why do I think that Windows Phone is vital? It really is simple: Without Windows Phone, what we would have on ground now in the smartphone space is a two-horse race. BlackBerry is not struggling anymore. It is in decline. Without Windows Phone, all that consumers would have for choice are Android and iOS. A duopoly? No, thanks.

I love that Nokia chose to differentiate. I love that there is a viable and vibrant third option available to smartphone users and lovers. I am glad that I have an array of amazing Windows Phone devices to choose from, thanks to Nokia. I feel no sadness at the exit of Nokia from the hardware business. They leave the legacy of Windows Phone to those of us who love that platform. Sometimes in life, one man needs to die for a greater good. Nokia is passing away for the greater good of the smartphone market. I do not care where Nokia could be had they gone with Android. I do care that I have more choices. I am no fan of iOS. And in as much as Android is functional, it lacks the finesse and elegance of my beloved Windows Phone. I am glad that Windows Phone is still here and has a future.

Like I said earlier, I have read the arguments. There is the possibility of failure. But then what is life but a series of conquests against the possibilities of failure? Not many people expected Windows Phone to survive till now. Yet, it not only has survived, but it is gaining ground. With Microsoft’s financial muscles now available directly, I am hopeful that Windows Phone will do much better. In the US, network operators may not like Microsoft, but thankfully, elsewhere in the world, it isn’t the same. And in many places, network operators do not have the power that we see US carriers wielding. Windows Phone is selling in droves in many markets outside the US. Microsoft need to build on that, in addition to working with as many operators as they can. Even if Windows Phone eventually fails and ends up in the trash can, we can say for sure that it was not for lack of trying.

I do not mourn Nokia. As a matter of fact, I think that what Microsoft has pulled off to get Nokia in their hands should be a classic case study in military and business schools. It smells of a masterful execution. It is the stuff of thrillers. Contrary to those who try to pin this coup on Stephen Elop, it is clear to any objective person that the Nokia board were in on the operation from the word go. They gave the go-ahead for this, removed the old guard, brought in Elop, and refused to fire him all the way. This wasn’t a case of Elop being sneaked in by outsiders. This was a classical example of an inside job. Nokia’s board had this end in view. Call me a conspiracy theorist.

So, while you all choose to mourn and be sad, I see hope. I see consumers having options and choices. No; I do not mourn Nokia. Nokia gave itself that Windows Phone might live. That is a good thing in my books. Against the Android horde, I celebrate Windows Phone. Fresh hope. New horizons. Here’s raising a glass to the future of Windows Phone.

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4 comments

  1. I suspect that there are many of my Twin Brothers almost in Paralytic State because of all the Analytics and Permutations.

    Why, how, when.., ?

    Me, I siddon look, and observe what will happen next. Attempt at turn_arounds in companies is sure an interesting study..

  2. Some of us are very very sad at this news. Not that we didn’t see Nokia operating at a lost quarter after quarter, but not a complete take over by that evil company called Microsoft. If noka had been bought by another company, I tell you people won’t be this sad. You may argue that buy is buy and that it does not matter who buys it. I tell you it matters. Its like when your wife commits adultery with someone she calls an uncle and lives with you and you have been feeding in the name of “my in law” and when she does that same act with a total stranger. The truth is that she has committed adultery, but as a man you the one that pains most.
    As far as I am concerned, even if what I feel does not matter in this case, this was all planned from the beginning, and Elop is simply a Trojan horse.
    everybody knows that the future is mobile, and who else is a better candidate for the next MSFT job than elop himself who now has a 3 years experience in the mobile sector?
    personally, given the opportunity, I will kill that man and die a happy man.
    Microsoft way of thinking/doing business is completely different from that of Nokia. Microsoft will definitely go the apple way.
    to them, if you are poor, its because you are lazy and you have no right live or complains if you are lucky to survive. Even in my interior village where 50% of the population don’t know how to read or write, they all know the name Nokia. To them, any phone that is not Nokia is called China phone. When they go to market to replace the battery of their Chico phone, they tell the seller-pls give me original Nokia battery. Nokia is a household name, but in ten years from now, we may never see the name on mobile again.

  3. There is the possibility
    of failure. But then what is life but a series of conquests against the
    possibilities of failure?

    beautiful…
    dat aside, na nokia sabi… but truly tis/twas a household name

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