Avneesh Kohli

Program Manager at Microsoft on Office for Mac and OneNote for iOS. Interested in technology, design, productivity, and sports.

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Intriguing Tech Acquisition Scenarios

With acquisitions in the tech community happening at an unprecedented pace, I’ve been thinking a lot about acquisition scenarios that might be interesting to consider, though they may realistically be far-fetched.

Here are 6 I came up with:

1. Microsoft acquires T-Mobile

Microsoft is clearly buying in to the philosophy of owning the “end to end experience” with its purchase of Nokia. It’s worked remarkably well for Apple all these years. Google thought it was the right idea too with Motorola (until it didn’t). Now, it’s Microsoft’s turn.

Why not take the “end to end experience” a step further?

By acquiring T-Mobile, Microsoft can eliminate the need for customers to deal with a carrier entirely.

Give Windows Phone customers a fixed amount of data + unlimited calling/text for free, with option to add more via the Windows Store. Add LTE capability to the Surface, and offer the

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A Sleeper In the Internet of Things War

Google just acquired Nest for $3.2 billion.

This is a defining moment for the Internet of Things movement, and you’ll undoubtedly read over the next several months, maybe years, about how Google is now winning the war in the space because of this acquisition.

As a technology enthusiast, I think this is a fantastic move, and will absolutely accelerate both the development and widespread adoption of these kinds of devices. As consumers, we have a lot to look forward to with this deal.

But while Google will be heralded as the winner in the Internet of Things movement (at least for the time being), I believe there’s another company out there that could emerge as a strong competitor to Google in this space. No, it’s not Apple.

It’s Microsoft.

They recently acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division for $7.2 billion. Nokia is by far the largest OEM partner for Windows Phones

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Thoughts on the Smart Watch

 Smartphones, tablets, and Google Glass provide the blueprint for what to expect with the smart watch

We’re due for a device that’s going to take a major innovation leap, especially given the iterative nature of smartphone and tablet updates. Certainly, there’s some buzz about the television (between Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and XBox One), and Google got us excited about eyewear with Glass. However, the most likely candidate to both arrive to consumers and appeal to the masses is the smart watch, as evidenced by the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Pebble, and to some extent, the increasing number of options in wristband-based health devices like the Fitbix Flex and Nike Fuelband.

I’ve read a number of articles and blogs from the press which try to project what features a smart watch will have, and whether it will appeal to the consumer market.

The general consensus is that the smart

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