MS’ Grev Sullivan “We will have the license for the Nokia name” – More Nokia WP? +related Nokia-MS stuff

| January 9, 2014 | 69 Replies


The original Nokia-MS deal said that Microsoft could use the Nokia brand name only in feature phones. Not smartphones. Which is a shame given that Nokia Lumia means more to the world than WP.

I’m not sure if there’s a little mix up here. I just noticed one of the comments (“stanger001“) saying something along the lines of MS using Nokia name in smartphones. Unless there’s been some other development, this was the only bit of news I could find.

Microsoft is in the final stages of acquiring the device business of Nokia and seems prepared to continue using the Nokia name on some smartphones. “We will have the license for the Nokia name,” Sullivan said.

Perhaps these were for smartphones already in development prior to the deal? (e.g. 1520, 929)

Whilst we’re on the subject of the Nokia-MS deal again, let’s take a look at this comment left by dss.

“That Nokia pretty much had to sell itself to Microsoft or attempt yet another turnaround and perhaps adopt Android is obvious. That Microsoft had to purchase Nokia or watch its smart phone platform disappear overnight is likewise obvious”

“The first and more desirable outcome is that Microsoft treat the Nokia hardware and services business it is acquiring as something that is essentially a standalone business that operates outside the normal Microsoft organization. Something like Skype that appears to work by its own rules. This structure, which would permit that part of Nokia that will now be owned by Microsoft to work as it did before, has a chance to succeed if only because of the massive financial backing of its parent. It would let Nokia continue doing what it does oh so well, but without the fear of death hanging over it”

“I’m just not sure how Microsoft could absorb Nokia and not screw up the things that are special about Nokia.”

Finally, to this post. Jo Harlow says there’s be a Nokia Lumia flagship across all networks (US). As for a Nokia Android, it wasn’t something Jo Harlow says she can comment on. Cheers Alvester!



Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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