Did Microsoft's Nokia purchase just put the final nail in BlackBerry's coffin?

Did Microsoft's Nokia purchase just put the final nail in BlackBerry's coffin?

Summary: With Microsoft now owning Nokia's Windows Phone hardware division, it seems clear that Microsoft and Windows Phone are serious about owning the enterprise mobile market.

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My patience with and passion to use Microsoft's Windows Phone products, which began in 2010 and continues today with the fantastic Nokia Lumia 1020 looks to be paying off as Microsoft finally purchases Nokia's devices and services unit.

Given the rising popularity of Windows Phone, recently passing up BlackBerry to take third place, I think this purchase may be the final nail in BlackBerry's coffin.

Nokia already has over 80 percent of the Windows Phone market so it is no surprise that Microsoft would make this move and ensure that Nokia remains the top Windows Phone maker. There has been speculation in the past that Microsoft might purchase BlackBerry to try to become the choice for mobile in the enterprise. I think we can all forget about any possible Microsoft purchase of BlackBerry at this time and as the unique parts of BlackBerry go away, such as taking BBM to iOS and Android, there really is no reason for Microsoft to consider them.

BlackBerry used to rule the enterprise and was able to do so in large part because they controlled the hardware, software, and backend servers. With Nokia now a part of Microsoft and making the hardware along with providing the software and Exchange servers, Microsoft is making a case as the enterprise choice for mobile.

We all know Windows RT has not been successful, but with Nokia rumored to be making a Windows RT device and their expertise making Lumia phones we may see some success between the phone and laptops/desktop that the BlackBerry PlayBook never could achieve. Microsoft, with Nokia, needs to advertise and promote their consistent hardware and ecosystem approach to both the enterprise and consumers with much more zeal than they have before.

Nokia has been launching some amazing Lumia products across the entire pricing spectrum and Windows Phone offers enterprise customers the ability to have a phone that functions similarly to Windows 8 computers. People have blasted Windows 8's inability to gain popularity over the last several months, but you have to remember that business don't upgrade as fast as consumers and I know my company is still moving a few computers from XP to Windows 7.

One area people always slam Windows Phone is in the applications, but as Microsoft gets serious about hardware with Nokia we also read in their strategy deck that they are serious about applications and will make an even stronger push in this area. It is definitely the start of something exciting for Windows Phone fans.

As Windows Phone 8 gains market share and consumers start getting used to the interface I think there will be more of a comfort level as these consumers get Windows 8 on their computers at work. I personally love Windows 8 on my Surface Pro and can't wait for the 8.1 update coming this fall.

This Microsoft purchase of Nokia gives me a sense of relief as I continue to use my Nokia Lumia 1020 since I am more confident in seeing regular updates and long term support for Nokia Windows Phone hardware.

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  • It's irrelevant for BlackBerry

    BlackBerry needs to sell phones, Microsoft buying Nokia is not going to affect negatively BB sales - maybe a bit of the opposite, Nokia is regarded a lot more (mainly in Europe) than Microsoft.
    While WP sales are higher in Europe, make no mistake, Nokia is the main reason.
    But BlackBerry is indeed in a big hole.
    AleMartin
    • Agreed

      BB are toast and the MS-Nokia deal has nothing to do worn it.
      Beast Of Bodmin
  • It's irrelevant for BlackBerry

    BlackBerry needs to sell phones, Microsoft buying Nokia is not going to affect negatively BB sales - maybe a bit of the opposite, Nokia is regarded a lot more (mainly in Europe) than Microsoft.
    While WP sales are higher in Europe, make no mistake, Nokia is the main reason.
    But BlackBerry is indeed in a big hole.
    AleMartin
  • I sure hope not

    Mathew. you may well be right about Blackberry but I sure hope not. I really do love the blackberry experience for my business use over all others. I do use the traditional iPad mini and an Android device on the consumer end, an area where Blackberry cannot compete. But for by business use, there is nothing better for me than my delightful Q10, which nails the HUB and multitasking functionality. I really do hope Blackberry can survive in this niche. I really do.
    Vijitc
    • Blackberry has done badly

      They stopped one year to prepare BB10 release.
      All we got was a a less than stellar touch phone and a deprecated physical keyboard phone. While some still love keyboards on smartphones, they are not many.
      I don't see a bright future for BB, even patents lost value as we see in this Microsoft/Nokia deal.
      AleMartin
      • Bad example

        How is 2.4 billion dollars considered a loss in value for Nokia's phone patents?
        Nicolae Anghel
      • Z10

        Obviously you have never picked up a new Blackberry with a comment like that. My Z10 is amazing and only gets better with each update in terms of speed, slick touch interface. The Astonishing Tribe (Company BB bought) is definitely getting their hands on the software and making their presence known. Awesome experience, hands down.
        Clawdawg
  • MS acquires BB in death-throw deal on the cheap

    That would not surprise me... BBs value is declining sharply, but an acquisition by MS would be a preemptive strike at enterprise business and possible make an installable BB feature set available on WP from the WP Store. Killer.
    greywolf7
  • No, it rather means the end for the Lumia/Asha series

    The Ashas are coming under more and more pressure by FirefoxOS devices - FirefoxOS is simply far better as a smartphone OS for low end devices as S40 will ever be, simply due to the Multitasking S40 cannot offer (and will not since it could possibly thread WP-lowend devices).
    On the other hand, Microsoft really had to rely on hardware partners. Now, with the acquisition of Nokia, they lost their most important hardwarepartner, and probably will loose the others as well.
    Now, Microsoft has to take care of everything, and we all know they are not really good in doing that (KIN, Surface, Zune...).
    Bottomline: No thread for Blackberry at all. Rather a good news.
    hacho
    • Not good at taking care of everything..

      Not sure what you mean but my Surface is definately a very good tablet.. I had a Windows 8 Acer Iconia W510 before that just doesn't compare to my new surface! The xbox 360 is the leading console in the current generation. Yes Kin was a failure but it was a fair try. Both apple and samsung launched products which ultimatly failed as well...
      DJK2
      • So has MS. Many of them.

        kin, zune,...

        Even the Xbox failed for years while MS kept changing things until it started to work properly (remember that 30% failure rate?)
        jessepollard
        • 30% is good compared to the 60% they launched with

          http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox-failure-rates-are-reportedly-down-ps3-failure-rates-just-generation-comes-to-a-close/
          It only took 5 years to get the failure rates down to normal. So facts do not support the OP's claim, of Microsoft making quality hardware, or the false claim of the xbox 360 being the "leading" console.
          Troll Hunter J
      • Facts not in evidence

        "I had a Windows 8 Acer Iconia W510 before that just doesn't compare to my new surface! The xbox 360 is the leading console in the current generation. "
        If you paid 3x as much, it should be better. The Surface Pro, just goes to prove a fanboy will spend tons for a name. The Surface Pro is a $1,000+ netbook. Sales of the Surface RT were so bad, Microsoft knocked 25% off the price, and still has warehouses full of them. As for the xbox 360, it came out a full year before the PS 3, yet has a smaller installed base. How do you ship more, yet have a smaller installed base? It's simple, many are refurbished units sent to owners of defective units. The mindset of the typical xbox 360 owner is: but 2 so while you're waiting for yours to come back from Microsoft's "repair depot", you can play the other one. Microsoft only counts "Units shipped" for a reason. Making a product, that debuted with a 60% failure rate, increased the "Units shipped" count. Nokia copied that strategy, with the Lumia phones, in particular the Lumia 900, and the "Purple Haze" screens. The given fix was initially to keep returning phones till you got a good one. This was used to bump up the shipped unit count.
        Troll Hunter J
    • Much like Google lost all their hardware partners after buying Motorola?

      This deal should have little effect on Blackberry, because that course seems to be already set.
      Emacho
      • Unlike the Motorola purchase.

        Google separated themselves from the company - yes, wholly owned, but no preferential treatment.

        Unlike the Nokia purchase - Nokia will get preferential treatment (likely by a 0 cost license...) which no other vendor will be able to get.
        jessepollard
    • ROTFLMAO!!!!

      "The Ashas are coming under more and more pressure by FirefoxOS devices - FirefoxOS is simply far better as a smartphone OS for low end devices as S40 will ever be, simply due to the Multitasking S40 cannot offer"


      Jesus, where did you come up with that? First of all, Asha is under no pressure from Firefox OS because Firefox OS is worse than dead. It has no presence whatsoever and nobody is buying the things. Carriers aren't even selling the thing aside from one or two here and there. Based on what I've seen of Firefox OS, it is not a good OS, with awful performance and absolutely no ecosystem or developer support to speak of.

      Firefox OS? Really? LOL!
      jhammackHTH
      • Think so?

        The firefoxOS phone is around $50. The Asha phones are between $100 and $300.
        jessepollard
        • Oh?

          And the Asha phones work, they work well in harsh conditions, they have a really well established dual SIM system and excellent battery life... would you rather a phone that worked, with long battery life and access to the internet or a barely-existent phone that doesn't offer any of the slickness of the Nokia experience and can't match the battery life? - to gain what exactly?
          dc@...
  • Blackberry sells just as many smart phones as Nokia

    If anything, I think BB10 will gain some steam as corporate upgrades start. The company I work for just started upgrading Blackberrys to Z10 and Q10 last week.
    kooool1
    • You need to convince the BlackBerry board of directors

      They aren't buying it and are looking for alternatives.
      greywolf7