Microsoft just bought Nokia phones

Microsoft just annouced it’s going to buy Nokia’s handset business. There’s some interesting things to note… It’s cheaper than Skype About a billion dollars cheaper. Does that mean Nokia was a bargain – or Skype was a bad buy? Either way, I think there’s scope for lawsuits here – either from Microsoft shareholders against Ballmer […]

Intel – takeover target, or takeover king?

There’s been an awful lot of rumours about Intel and takeovers recently. One, that Intel is about to buy (or merge) with AMD. Another, that Apple might be about to buy Intel. Well, there aren’t that many companies that have the financial clout to buy Intel, but there are a few that might want to […]

Why Sinofsky leaving is good for MS

Many of the press are reporting that the immediate departure of Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows division, is a bad thing. Wall Street isn’t happy, they report. And yet, I can’t help thinking that this is a really good thing for Microsoft. To be honest, the Surface has had modest sales. It’s not been […]

The Second System Effect

Have you ever got to the end of something and thought “you know, if I did that over again, I would do this – and that – and the other differently”? That, dear reader, is the second system effect. And it is, in my opinion, exactly what RIM are suffering from right now, what Apple […]