The recent Microsoft acquisition of Nokia’s device division is visualised in this diagram by Luke Millar, which shows just how small a piece of the mobile pie this deal covers.
That said I think this acquisition has legs, especially with Microsoft’s recently discovered design ethic. I know several influential ‘creative’ types that are pretty excited with their Nokia Lumia, and this kind of flag-waving can go a long way. Additionally, big companies generally have a preference for devices that best integrate with their existing security and software set (read Microsoft), so I see this as a growth area too.
From small seeds, big trees can grow and I wouldn’t write Microsoft off just yet.