“Microsoft Corp.’s $7.2 billion pairing with Nokia Oyj’s handset business is failing to win over the software developers who are crucial to its success,” Adam Satariano and Douglas MacMillan report for Bloomberg.

“Consider Tommy Palm and Jeff Smith,” Satariano and MacMillan report. “Palm, who oversees development at smartphone-game maker King.com, and Smith, who runs music-application maker Smule Inc., have long avoided building apps for devices using Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. Closer ties with Nokia haven’t swayed them. Both say even after the acquisition closes, Microsoft still won’t have enough users to make it worth the time and money.”

Satariano and MacMillan report, “While Microsoft has struggled to lure developers since Windows Phone debuted in 2010, the plight has taken on new urgency since Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit last month. Microsoft, which had close ties with Nokia through a 2011 partnership, is counting on the deal to boost its share of the $280 billion smartphone market and to lure makers of games, productivity tools and other apps, who view the company’s mobile software as an afterthought compared with Apple Inc.’s iOS…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t feel too badly, beleaguered Microkia, all mobile operating systems are afterthoughts compared with Apple’s iOS.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “kevin p.” for the heads up.]

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