Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia will not affect other mobile makers’ Windows Phone plans. That’s according to Big M executive vice president of operating systems, Terry Myerson, who says the tie-up will help build the third place OS’s market share.
In a post on the Official Windows Blog, Myerson writes, “Today’s announcement doesn’t change [our approach] – acquiring Nokia’s Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners.”
“We have exciting ideas, and so do our OEM partners. Our partners bring innovation, diversity and scale to Windows.”
There are parallels with Google’s deal for Motorola, which has done little to hamper creativity in the Android ecosystem. But Microsoft’s more controlled approach, coupled with sluggish sales of Windows Phone devices, means it may struggle to convince the likes of HTC, Samsung and LG to continue teaming up with it to offer new handsets.
Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s phone division in a £4.6 billion deal, which still needs to be ratified by shareholders. The merger is expected to be complete by early 2014.