Can Microsoft Get Back Into the Mobile Game by Acquiring Nokia?

While at one time most technology news was dominated by Microsoft and Bill Gates, that isn’t the case anymore. That news now sees the names of Samsung and Apple while technology has migrated to mobile devices. Microsoft appears to be changing that by putting a plan in motion to acquire one-time mobile phone giant Nokia. Will reintroducing themselves to the mobile game make a difference for the one-time tech leader?

Nokia already had a name for themselves in the mobile phone business. They were early pioneers and at one time had the best-selling mobile phone of all time. Much of that changed with the introduction of Apple’s iPhone. Nokia continued to dominate the market, with its closet competitor being Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, but a year later Apple’s mobile system pulled ahead of Microsoft and cut into Nokia’s lead. Microsoft tried to regain what they lost by revamping their mobile operating system, but it simply wasn’t enough to overtake Apple and Samsung, who was quickly rising in this market, enough to overtake Nokia and its lead.

Is Microsoft too late to acquire Nokia now? Can Microsoft get back in the mobile game with the addition of Nokia’s mobile business?

Here are the results of last week’s poll:


More than a third of those responding believe wearable technology is the next big thing, while a little under thirty percent find it interesting, but that’s as far as they’re willing to go with it. Twenty percent aren’t interested in this at all, figuring wearable technology is just a fad that will soon be forgotten, and the remainder are waiting to see what other tech products they’ll come up with to be worn.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. I think that Nokia’s hardware is very nice and the Windows OS is decent, not great. Microsoft needs to create some awesome apps and services to make it more compelling. They can’t just wait around for 3rd parties to create it for them.
    They need to leverage Office and Xbox to make it happen.

  2. The acquisition of one of the front-running hardware manufacturers is the only thing they can do if they want to establish a presence in mobile devices. The next step will be to develop a good mobile OS. It will of course be very difficult to compete with Android (being Linux) and iOS (being part of the Apple closed suite of hardware and software, and retail, which has been very successful). The mobile OS they have released so far (although I haven’t seen it) hasn’t set the world on fire.

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