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  • Microsoft (MSFT) will receive "a fine running into hundreds of millions of dollars" from the EU tomorrow over its alleged violation of a promise to give Windows users a choice of browsers, the FT reports. Reuters reported of a pending fine last week. (Danish tax probe[View news story]
    I completely agree with the above commentators that the browser choice is not a real issue. Nevertheless Microsoft agreed with the EU in 2011 (not sure about the year) that they would provide the browser choice to their Windows PC sold in EU. That is a direct disregard of a binding agreement.
    Mar 6 04:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Danish Treasury is going after Microsoft (MSFT) for $1B in unpaid taxes relating to the company's 2002 purchase of Navision. Microsoft subsequently sold some Navision assets to its Irish subsidiary at - alleges Denmark - too low a price, allowing assets to be transferred out of the country without proper dues and taxes. [View news story]
    Actually SquareHead, this is a strategy that the mafia used before. They bought 5 banks for example. Bank 1 sells an asset to bank 2 for 1$. Bank 2 sells the asset it purchased to bank 3 for 2$. Bank 3 sells it again to bank 4 for 3$. Bank 4 then sells it to bank 5 for 4$. In the end bank 5 sells the asset to bank 1 (which originally sold it for 1$) for 5$. The first bank would proceed this way until it went bankrupt. The deposits of the people would be covered by the government but all that money was distributed among the other banks owned by the mafia. This was a very profitable strategy because it basically drains dry all the money deposited in a bank. It does not operate in the traditional way by profiting a little on interest changes.
    Microsoft basically did the same thing. Selling to cheap to its own subsidiary. I like Microsoft but they have to pay the taxes and abide by the laws of the countries where they make business.
    Mar 4 04:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on mobile phone sales: Q4 smartphone market share by OS: Android 69.7% vs 51.3% in 2011, iOS 20.9% vs 23.6%, BlackBerry 3.5% vs 8.8%, Microsoft 3% vs 1.8%. "With Samsung commanding over 42.5% of the Android market globally, and the next vendor at just 6% share, the Android brand is being overshadowed by Samsung's brand with the Galaxy name nearly a synonym for Android phones in consumers' mind share," says Gartner. (PR[View news story]
    I do believe that it is very realistic. It is the first time that:
    1)WP is a mature platform without too many quirks
    2)the app selection is decent
    3)WP will be integrated with the Microsoft ecosystem
    4)WP is a better choice for businesses (the only thing lacking is VPN support which is coming)
    5)Nokia will be playing hard in the mid and low budget phones where WP has a clear advantage against Android. That advantage is that WP runs almost as smoothly on a L620 as on a L920 or 8X. Android mid and low end smartphones are a very laggy and ruin the experience.
    6)WP8 has the novel factor. Android and iOS feel boring and stagnant. This is a very widespread feeling judging by what I have been reading in forums.
    7)Hopefully Nokia will have sorted out their supply problems and there will not be any exclusivity deals.
    However, anything can happen and it is very difficult to predict what will happen.
    Feb 13 07:13 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • For Nokia, Microsoft Is Dead Weight [View article]
    Wiesje, did you ever think that Nokia is special to Microsoft because of its image? Right now Microsoft suffers from bad brand image, despite having the best offers on the market. If Microsoft buys Nokia, then the Nokia brand will not have the same appeal. Nokia already has 75% of the WP8 market, so it does not make sense to dismiss Nokia as a bad deal for Microsoft. The truth, in my opinion, is that Nokia is more valuable as an independent brand which can push WP8 in the market. Increasing WP8 share in the market is the most important strategic move and the easiest way to do this is to migrate all Nokia's fans to the platform. After WP8 has gained enough market share it would make sense for Microsoft to buy Nokia without alienating a significant part of its user base. But this is a tricky move for Microsoft - buy Nokia too soon and it may be a suicide for WP8, buy it too late and Nokia's price may become unaffordable. Personally I would like Nokia to be independent and not a division of Microsoft. I'd like them to maintain their European personality.
    Feb 10 09:07 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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