Nokia's introduction of its new ESeries smartphones was more than just another product announcement. It was an open declaration of war against Microsoft. Microsoft has never faced an opponent like Nokia, so this could get very interesting.
Nokia is the biggest supplier, worldwide, of both standard cell phones and of smartphones. Microsoft's has been working furiously for years to establish its Windows Mobile platform for smartphones and has finally been getting some traction of late.
Microsoft is famous, or perhaps infamous is the better word, for rolling over its competitors. But in the past, the competitors it has overrun have been small, hapless, clueless or all of the above. Nokia is whip-smart, enormous, rich and extremely aggressive and competitive.
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