Nokia’s current flagship phone, the Lumia 900, won’t be upgradeable to Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 platform, leading some to expect Nokia’s troubles will grow even more.
MS has a long history of screwing over partners. Looks like it has done just that with device manufacturers, especially Nokia. No one will buy a Lumia now because it is not upgradable and anyone who recently bought one will be pissed.
The Osborne Effect is well known in the tech industry. I saw this happen at the time. Adam Osborne, selling the Osborne 1 (shown above), detailed how wnderful the next version would be. Sales of the Osborne 1 plummeted as people anticipated the next version. which took a long time to come out and, with little revenue, the company eventually went bankrupt.
Usually it affects the company making the pre-anonounceent. Here MS is Osbourning its partne, Nokia. No one will but a new Nokia until the new operating system comes out, which is under MS’s control not Nokia.
Nokia smart phone sales could take a real hit.
And with the announcement that MS will make and sell its own tablets, one has to wonder why anyone would partner with MS.