So I was right about Microsoft making a big deal to expand its mobile footprint but wrong about the partner (Nokia, not RIM). At first glance this partnership seems good on paper but would have too many executional problems to work: 1) Nokia-Microsoft cultural battles (entrenched Scandinavian workforce animosity towards Microsoft only grew with the hiring of the ex-Microsoft executive as their new CEO), 2) Nokia is a non-entity in the United States, plus in many established European and Asian markets, where smartphone sales and app marketplaces are growing exponentially, 3) Nokia’s dominant market share/presence is limited to the developing countries of the globe. But then I remembered all the buzz about 5 years ago about the $100 laptop, the fights between Intel-AMD, and the challenges of Microsoft providing an operating system at such a low price point. But in today’s world everyone realizes that it will not be a laptop but a (smart)phone serving as the dominant client for Internet access in the third world/developing countries. So if Microsoft can somehow find a way to work with Nokia (infinitely harder than Yahoo simply redirecting searches to bing.com) and get tens of millions of Windows Phones out in the next 6-12 months, then it will be the defacto standard in these countries.