Microsoft is nearly out of allies in the mobile market at this point. Samsung is focusing on its Android Galaxy line, HTC doesn't have the resources to focus on anything other than Android, and who even remembers the last LG Windows Phone? (I certainly don't.) Huawei? ZTE? Please. Without Nokia, Microsoft has nothing--and the moment Nokia goes down, so does Windows Phone.
Microsoft needs to start throwing its weight around to get Nokia on all four carriers (at the same time), and it needs to update its OS to support the features Lumias need to stay relevant. If I were in Balmer's sweaty, oversize shoes right about now, I'd throw Nokia all the money and support it needs to reverse the downward trend and help Lumia come out on top.
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