Nick Wingfield, THE NEW YORK TIMES
SEATTLE (The New York Times)—Optimism is a renewable resource at Microsoft.
In 2011, the company, in a belated attempt to catch up with Apple and Google in the smartphone world, announced a partnership with Nokia, the Finnish device maker. “There are other mobile ecosystems,” Nokia and Microsoft executives said in a joint letter at the time. “We will disrupt them.”
Last year, with sales flagging, Microsoft bought Nokia’s handset business for more than $7 billion, aiming to spur better results by more tightly coupling hardware and software.