Doug Vining Nokia and Microsoft deal shakes up industry

Pact between two big players is bad news for operators

Richard Wray in Cannes
Wednesday February 16, 2005
The Guardian

It may be more of a marriage of convenience than a romantic bonding but the partnership forged this week by arguably the biggest players in the technology world, Microsoft and Nokia, looks set to dramatically alter the mobile phone industry.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1415426,00.html
Posted: 20 February 2005 at 19:08

Wolfgang Grulke End of two life-cycles?

Just love the analogies for the new Nokia/Microsoft partnership! Perhaps I'm biased against 'the old' and always welcoming in 'the new'?
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Posted: 12 February 2011 at 10:34

Anton Musgrave Is the end near?

Once again, at a really important stage of its history, hot on the heels of the Nokia deal, and in the face of ever increasing market acceptance of Android and IPhone, Microsoft has yet again done it...a failed update.

What happens of Samsung and others do indeed ditch Microsoft's mobile operating system? Is this the beginning of the end?
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Posted: 23 February 2011 at 15:05

Wolfgang Grulke Smart phone markets thrive despite economic stagnation

Some of the results in these latest numbers are interesting:

Smart phone market grows 76% in one year.

iPhone sales up 50% but its market share down. Nokia's share is plummeting, from 57% two years ago to just 16.5% now!

In operating systems, Android is the leading smartphone OS, with 35.7% market share. Apple's iOS is next in smartphones with a 20.8% share and then Nokia's Symbian with 19.6%, Last year Android was in fourth place, having just overtaken Windows Mobile - the now-defunct OS from Microsoft.

Overall in mobile phones, Samsung is top seller of handsets at 12.6m with Apple third with 4.4m.
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Posted: 9 May 2011 at 09:55

Anton Musgrave Why won't Nokia switch Symbian off?

After years of investment, time and passion, it is now right to kill Symbian. WHat prevents Nokia from taking this step? Is it talented self belief, hubris, blinkered thinking or a dogged belief that the system will remain relevant in the changed world?
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Posted: 21 March 2012 at 12:23

Wolfgang Grulke The fate of market leaders and innovation!

This brilliant article, in true Vanity Fair style, charts the lessons that can be learnt from Microsoft's inability to change in the face of radicaly diferent markets. One phrase in the Kurt Eichenwald article sums it up nicely:

"What began as a lean competition machine led by young visionaries of unparalleled talent has mutated into something bloated and bureaucracy-laden, with an internal culture that unintentionally rewards managers who strangle innovative ideas that might threaten the established order of things."

This is a constant lesson that market leaders fail to learn. While we have been talking about Micrfosoft's future problems for more than seven years, it is quite likely that Amazon, Apple and Facebook will fall prey to this same phenomenon in future - it's just aquestion of when!?

Here's how it was articulated in one of our 10 Lessons from the Future: "Step-change is the imperative! Incrementalism doesn’t cut it anymore! The most powerful successes are not predictable - taking risks is safer than doing nothing!" Yet, market leaders stop doing it!
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Posted: 20 August 2012 at 12:23

Wolfgang Grulke The fate of market leaders and innovation!

Perhaps there is an alternate future fir Microsoft!? Read this interesting perspective....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/aug/16/microsoft-surface-199-subscription
Posted: 21 August 2012 at 10:17
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