What's the interest that
I think the entire deal is very much in line with our overall PC+ strategy and we have been saying we would like to expand our smartphones business. Today, we have launched in many countries, but mostly in the emerging countries... we needed to go into the mature markets. We have a strong desire to be a leading player in the smartphone business as part of our overall PC+ strategy - so while right now we are number four in the world, according to IDC - with Motorola we will become number 3 in the world.
Given Motorola's falling popularity, would
It is too early to comment on future changes. But Moto X and Moto G are reasonably successful and strong brands, especially in mature markets now - though we may not see them much in
So, will Motorola's employees be added to
There are 3,500 employees that are part of Motorola that would move to
Two-thirds of this team are engineering and technical experts; so obviously they will give us a very strong technical expertise. Yes, while the immediate benefit will accrue to the US, as we start combining and developing our joint technology capabilities, I think this will have benefits for us across the world and we will be able to complement our operations. Since we are a strong player in the Android ecosystem, this deal further cements our relationship with
Is this the beginning of more partnerships with
Depends on the business going forward...
What would be the benefit to
While right now Motorola does not have much of a business in
Going forward do you still see your smartphone sales overtaking your PC sales?
While clearly there is an opportunity to grow in all the business areas, including the PC business, there is obviously a much faster growth opportunity available in the smartphone and tablet business and that's where we've seen great growth. In terms of revenues, while smartphones and tablets are contributing a larger share to our business and will continue to contribute a larger share, it will be a reflection of the market opportunity. And if we are able to be successful, we do want to grow and become the leading PC+ player.
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