“This was the ‘cannot fail’ game by Ballmer. He could not lose. And yet Elop delivered failure out of this project. He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This could have worked. Now it is doomed. The Nokia gambit to gain Windows a place in the top 3 (or at worst, top 4) has failed. Now, the only road left is to try to go Windows Phone 8, and start again from zero. Except today, Sony(Ericsson), LG, Dell and Motorola are no longer in the partnership. Samsung has its own two operating systems it will prefer over Windows – bada and Tizen. HTC is deeply suspicious of Microsoft. Nokia is essentially the walking dead. What is left? ZTE?”
Chuckle. I get a kick out of grandiose schemes for world domination failing miserably. Don’t get me wrong. I love entrepreneurs who take risks and try something new. This is not that case. This is Steve Ballmer assuming M$ had a right to monopoly or at least huge share anywhere in IT. Ballmer assumed because they had extended the monopoly IBM granted them that M$ could extend it again into mobile stuff. Not so. Monopoly and small cheap computers don’t mix. The world is full of real entrepreneurs willing to take risks to sell a good product at lower prices than others. FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) supports that. The burden of M$’s tax on IT does not.
Too bad Nokia followed M$ into the quagmire. I wonder what would have happened if Nokia had switched to Android/Linux instead. No doubt they would still have taken a hit because of reduced selling prices but using Android/Linux would have prevented some loss of blood and unit share might have remained, something on which to build.