Well, maybe that is not exactly what Ballmer, Jobs and company discussed but I can picture that conversation in my twisted little mind.
The last time Microsoft bought a phone company, it didn’t go so well. The took the preciously hip Danger and turned it into something that nobody wanted. Quite a coup, wouldn’t you say?
Microsoft is flailing trying to find their mobile computing strategy. Licensing has not worked for them outside of their previously established channels in normal computing. The Surface has recently received a massive price cut to try and revitalize some interest (and clear the warehouse for the next “big” thing).
Windows8 is actually a pretty solid operating system. It has some advantages over its California cousin competitors but it has been floundering in the sea of arrogance that Redmond has built like a moat around its campus. The question is whether they will move forward with hubris or humility.
One would think that Blackberry could have been had for a song and merging the corporate cultures from Seattle to Waterloo might be easier than to Keilaniemi.
Perhaps, just perhaps, Microsoft looked at the issues and challenges in Canada and decided that they had more to learn and gain from Nokia. Perhaps they are willing to learn a bit from their previous excesses.
Or maybe this was the best way to get Elop back to Redmond to take over Ballmer’s job.
In any case, it will certainly be an entertaining 2014 in the mobile space. Let’s see if a software OS company can make some relevant choices with all the new capabilities they are adding.