03-15-2013 04:01 PM
Microsoft as the new buyer makes sense.
Think about the shift we're seeing - people no longer want to pay for software. They are, however, willing to pay for hardware.
Samsung's mobile division profits last quarter were more than Google's entire profits.
Apple's profits we already know.
With Steve Jobs gone that opportunity is right there - Become the New Seller of expensive, premium hardware.
What does Microsoft need for that?
The Hardware (which it's already begun to make with Surface RT and Surface Pro).
Is there any faster and/or cheaper way for Microsoft to acquire 700 retail stores and 660 college retail stores?
I don't think so.
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03-15-2013 04:09 PM
"Microsoft already owns about 17.6% of Barnes & Noble's college bookstore and Nook business, and the company is looking to sell their retail operations, why not just take the whole thing over?"
Here's the thing that I still don't understand about the MS investment:
1) SkyDrive STILL isn't available in the NookAppStore (even though it's been available on iOS since last summer and GooglePlay since last Sept/Oct.) Not really advocating for SkyDrive, just don't understand why MS is ignoring their own investment.
2) Last time I checked, Nook Study wasn't available for the Surface Pro yet. I thought that was part of the point of the investment. To get Nook Study on a tablet interface.
I just don't get it.
03-15-2013 04:18 PM
I just can't imagine this idea surviving antitrust vetting.
Except... anti-trust ain't what it used to be, in the US, at least. Competition between/among retailers is no longer a significant concern. Today's objective is to improve things for the consumer, at least in the short term.
There is still some concern about competition between/among producers. Since Amazon is getting into publishing, there could be a perceived conflict of interest in Amazon controlling most of the outlets for books from other publishers.