It happened: Microsoft to buy Nokiaβs device division for 5.44 billion euros β Tech News and Analysis
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Google bought Motorola, Microsoft bought Nokia. Software is eating hardware.
Once hardware becomes a significant percent of their revenues, their margins go WAY down.
Which means they get a smaller price to earnings multiple from the market.
A sign that they are no longer big-growth companies.
Then again, when you're as big as Google or Microsoft, how much more can you grow anyway.
Google has a potential to grow with the consumer internet. Microsoft has a potential to grow with corporate IT departments of medium size businesses.
Fair enough. So does Microsoft buy Blackberry next?