Before you answer that question look at these data points from The Wall Street Journal:
- Nokia is cutting 10,000 employees in its mobile division by the end of 2013. That's in addition to 14,000 cuts announced last year.
- Nokia shipped more than 2 million Lumias smartphones in Q1, compared to 35 million iPhones.
- In Q1, Apple had 23% of the global market for smartphones and Android had 59% and both were growing, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
- Microsoft's smartphone market share fell to 2.2 percent, down from 2.6 percent in Q1 2011. Ouch.
Microsoft: Still Healthy ElsewhereFor channel partners it's important to keep the bigger Microsoft picture in mind. Overall, Microsoft's software business continues to grow. Sales of SharePoint, Lync, Exchange typically enjoy double-digit year-over-year sales growth each quarter.
Even as Microsoft struggles in the smartphone and tablet markets, the software giant is adjusting its software strategy to keep partners engaged. One example: This week's Windows Intune upgrade allows MSPs and VARs to remotely manage Windows, Apple iOS and Google Android devices -- though Windows Intune requires a one-year subscription to the cloud service.
Back in the smartphone market, The VAR Guy wishes he had advice for Nokia and Microsoft. But sometimes even an outspoken blogger is at a loss for words...