Microsoft and Nokia seal mobile deal worth $7.2 billion

Microsoft and Nokia seal mobile deal worth $7.2 billion

[Updated] In 2001, I was a usability tester for a Windows Phone. I don't remember the details very much, but I do remember that it was hard to use. This, of course, was pre-smart phone but not pre-mobile-phones-connected-to-the-Net. Flash forward 13 years later. The Microsoft mobile global market share during the first quarter 2013 was only 3.2%. But that was enough to put it in third place, far behind the pack led by Android and Apple. Today, Microsoft and Nokia announced a deal valued at EUR 5.44 billion ($7.16 billion). This tweet sums up the situation faster than my prose: The Microsoft/Nokia deal visualized. pic.twitter.com/8JGPPOuyTM — Luke Millar (@ltm) September 3, 2013   Microsoft gets the phone division, a gaggle of employees and a license for Nokia’s patents. First quarter global market share for Nokia's OS, Symbian? 0.6%. This from the early mover when cellular technology was not synonymous with…continue reading →

Five Clicks To Get To A Download Is At Least Four Too Many

Listen up, marketing folks. Tell your developers you need bookmarkable URLs so that when a customer clicks on a link, she can go straight to the product. If it's not in the functional spec, it's not going to happen. search resultsHere's a tale from Microsoft. I needed to install Microsoft Remote Desktop, so that was the query I typed into my search bar. And the software was the first search result. The product page had a download button prominently displayed. Yeah! …continue reading →