Saturday, 22 July 2017

Microsoft is doing a BlackBerry while blowing a raspberry

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 27 May 16

Finland left to pick up the pieces after software giant's failed phone experiment.

If the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed Finland's paper industry, then Microsoft this week showed up late to the funeral and blew raspberries at the mourners. It has been 18 months since Finland's then prime minister Alexander Stubb went on CNBC and casually accused Apple of murder, and the picture in the country hasn't improved much since then. After years of contraction, the economy edged up 0.5% in 2015. According to the EU's latest forecast, this year it is expected to grow by 0.7%, with unemployment holding steady at 9.4%. Microsoft hasn't done much for the jobs market in Finland lately. This week it announced that it will cut a further 1…

If the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed Finland's paper industry, then Microsoft this week showed up late to the funeral and blew raspberries at the mourners. It has been 18 months since Finland's then prime minister Alexander Stubb went on CNBC and casually accused Apple of murder, and the picture in the country hasn't improved much since then. After years of contraction, the economy edged up 0.5% in 2015. According to the EU's latest forecast, this year it is expected to grow by 0.7%, with unemployment holding steady at 9.4%. Microsoft hasn't done much for the jobs market in Finland lately. This week it announced that it will cut a further 1…

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