There are some things that are just not cool no matter who does them, including
1) liking your own social media status
2) using your grandmother as a character reference
3) reviewing your own product and posting it to your site
Guess which one Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) did this week?
Matters of class and fairness aside, the producer of the Lumia 920 and 620 now wants to add a tablet to the mix. Here’s what CEO Stephen Elop told Sydney press:
“We’re studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.”
He went on to say:
We would consider any option [Android or Windows] it is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience
Companionship? Really? With all it’s talk of working with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Nokia, only one of three phone manufacturers making Windows phones in the U.S., is considering going another route–or in PC terms, seeking an “integrated experience.”
But its certainly nothing personal; perhaps Nokia has finally begun to see what Bernstein Research reported back in August, that despite years of reported effort from operators and manufacturers, people just don’t want Windows phones…or apparently tablets.
As was the case for the Windows tech maker, last quarter’s sales didn’t make much of a good Christmas present. Sales of the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface were underwhelming to say the least, with the company unable to sell more than 750,000 of the tablets, according to CNET estimates.
The PC software giant is definitely in an uncomfortable position, with it’s bread and butter, the PC market itself, slowly fading away before the likes of the iPad. Even if Nokia were secretly working on a 10-inch Windows RT, which they’ve supposedly done since December, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) needs something else. Enter recently failing hardware company Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL), the stock ticker of which will be pointless soon, as Microsoft will help it go private to the tune of $2 billion.
CEO Michael Dell and investment firm SilverLake will buy up most of the stock for a deal that will total about $24.4 billion. Stock prices for the company soared once investors caught just a whisper of the potential deal, sending share prices from $10.88 on Jan. 11 to the high of $13.60 Monday.