This is not completely accurate. You’re cherry picking the facts to suit your argument. Nokia was not shipping 20 million ‘smartphones’ per quarter when they announced partnership with Microsoft, they were shipping 20 million FEATURE phones. Their Symbian phone shipments was also on a steady decline at the time they announced partnership with Microsoft hence the Stephen Elop’s ‘burning ship’ speech to Nokia shareholders. Believe it or not, without Microsoft’s cash infusion into Nokia, it would not have lasted long enough to stage a come back. You may revile Microsoft as many take delight in these days but it does not need to cloud your objectivity.
I see your point. However, Nokia was thought to be finished until joined forces with Microsoft; BB can be the same way. Don’t forget that these companies have a brand that, though diminished, was once strong and revered and they have their fans. This is the reason why Nokia is turning the corner despite coming so close to oblivion. Nevertheless, BB has 60M loyal users that can easily be targeted by Windows Phone (Nokia, BB, or HTC regardless) as soon as BB joins the fold. This will make the Windows Phone ecosystem into an elite premium ecosystem similar only to iPhone ecosystem. Don’t forget also that the chances of Microsoft getting Samsung, Sony, LG etc to design for windows phone with as much focus as they accord to android are non existent. I am confident the BB will do the trick for both BB itself as well as Microsft and Nokia.