I certainly don’t like the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, but this post from Patrick Rhone strikes me as rather short-sighted:
The smartphone war is over. It has been for a while. And, like a lot of wars, the two winners both claim victory and are likely both, through the view of each own’s prism, right. Anyone else getting into this fight now (or trying to start the same fight) will be ignored.
Really? Kind sounds like this:
“[Apple and the iPhone is] kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers … But in terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that’s overstating it.”– Jim Balsillie, 2007 [then Co-CEO of RIM]
The one thing to know about the cell phone industry is that it can change almost over night. Build something substantially better and the geeks will flock to it, which means eventually all users will too. The odds are heavily against Microsoft, but that doesn’t mean that the “smartphone war is over” — not by a long shot.