Nokia is now Microsoft and other sad stories from Technology past…

“Market dominance is no guarantee of longevity” – This is not a famous quote, I simply made it up as a cautionary tale of how once dominant business’s are sadly no more, existing as mere references in legal Intellectual Property records of organisations that have assimilated them.

Go back 10 years and would anyone think that the mighty Nokia would bend its knee to Microsoft? But here we are as Microsoft today announces the completion of the acquisition. “Welcome to our family” was the somewhat disturbing quote.
This reminds me of other once great companies that are no more, who remembers Palm? They were once the dominant must have PDA device. HP purchased Palm for $1.2 billion and it’s fair to say they are no more…

On the other hand some acquisitions have helped push innovation such as Google’s acquisition in 2005 of a little known company called Android Inc. who were developing an OS based on the Linux Kernel for phones with touchscreens. I don’t really need to say much about how successful that acquisition has been as you’re likely reading this article on said technology.

Let’s hope that Microsoft have more success with Nokia than they did with Danger, another mobile phone company which they paid a handsome $500 million for in 2008… It seems all the staff promptly packed their bags and left and only a single handset was ever produced…
Farewell Nokia… Copyright © 2014 Gareth Baxendale

Creative Commons License by Gareth Baxendale is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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