I don't see Microsoft-Nokia doing much to stand Apple or Google-Motorola Mobility. Nokia is on the decline dramatically and Microsoft has been trying to use its Windows model for mobile operating system and that just doesn't really make ways for mobile. For the two to come together, I don't really see what they can offer in the market.
Exactly! When I have discussed here about the Finnish emotions in play in the whole Nokia story sometimes I am not sure if people understand this. I believe Nokia's investors well may prefer to sail slowly rather than giving up the ship.
As someone who knows both, the Finnish and American cultures and values on business and personal level I agree that they two companies are way too far apart to be able to merge.
Nokia will not be easy target to anyone who tries to buy it. Majority of the share owners are private share owners who have bought their stocks when Nokia was worth a lot more. Current sub-5eur per share price will not make them to give up. Even doubling the price will not make the stubborn Finns to sell their shares when they have bought them for more and the expectations have been over 10 times higher.
Why? It is not just a money issue here. The share holders have emotions in the play as well, they have their heart in their investment decisions when we are talking about Nokia. This fact makes it almost important for someone to acquire all of the shares and to operate in any level even as the largest shareholder.
Microsoft also should not touch Nokia, because the brightest minds who have not yet left the Espoo Giant will most definitely bail the ship and leave it sink in Microsoft’s pond. Nokia was bred from the ground of open-source minded software developers. Symbian and Maemo have been both open source and the mentality with lot of the engineers is towards that philosophy. The corporate cultures and values on personal level are way too far apart.
What if Microsoft wants to buy Nokia just for the papents and kick everything else out? Possible, but I still think it will be way too expensive for ANYONE to try that. Because of what I said in the beginning of this comment.
Despite all the difficulties that Nokia has been experiencing lately I believe Nokia is not the sort of company that gives up and gives room for the new fish in the ocean. Maybe Nokia thinks it's time for a change of course and sail in different waters. We'll see.
You have good points, especially Nokia facing a declining market. Nokia seems to slowly be taking a direfent direction, somehow away from the smartphone market.
Yes, the jump of Nokia from its starts to electronics is quite impressive. (yes, wood, papermill and rubber)
You say there are good reasons for thinking of the possibility of MSFT wanting to buy Nokia. What I question is the willingness of Nokia wanted to be bought by MSFT. I am not inclined to think that this is the case. On the contrary, I believe that Nokia would prefer to keep on doing things its way.
Good point, Hospice, and that is why i said that in theory the coming together of Microsoft and Nokia should cause a way somehow.The opportunity in phone is so vast that it can't be fully occupied by Apple alone,there is still more room for creativity, inventions and innovations
I would say that Google and Apple alone cannot meet demands in the phone market. Nokia and RIM still have their place in the industry. But their viability will depend on how they can readily turn things around.
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