With Android and iPhone unlikely to be toppled from 1st and 2nd place in the near or distant future, the 3rd place is up for grabs. Windows Phone 8 has had a good start but so has been the reception of the Blackberry Z10. Will the BB10 devices be enough to stop the eroding market share or will Windows Phone 8 finally have the breakthrough Microsoft and Nokia are wishing for?
Microsoft and Nokia have independently scheduled big announcements for Monday, 18th June. Is it really a coincidence when both companies schedule press conferences/events for the same day?
While most analysts expect Microsoft to announce Windows 8 tablets and Nokia to announce a Windows Phone with Pureview (the 808 for Windows Phone) I am inclined to speculate that this will be an announcement of Microsoft to acquire a significant stake (if not all) of Nokia.
Some evidence that this may happen:
Nokia has prepared itself for a possible acquisition. Most of the hard decisions have been taken and the amount of negative news and predictions released by Nokia could be so that the acquisition price is lower and for Microsoft to start on a fairly clean sheet.
Nokia has just announced another 10,000 job cuts
Nokia has sold Vertu (since it wouldn’t have fit into the MS strategy of smartphones for the masses)
Nokia has issued very negative forward looking statements for Q2 and Q3
So all seems to be set for a Nokia takeover by Microsoft.
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