As CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to exit Microsoft, he appears to have achieved the latter. Microsoft is still in the early stages of rolling out an appealing mobile product for consumers; its app store is sparse in comparison to those offered by Apple and Google. With each passing day, the company falls farther behind in building an entrenched user base. That is especially the case as smartphone and tablet consumers look at upgrading their hardware later this year.
Google has seen its profitability drop off after acquiring Motorola Mobility, in a deal that was mostly struck to protect the firm's Android ecosystem against intellectual property lawsuits. While Google has seen a mixed benefit from the acquisition, Microsoft may be poised to take on all of the headaches of owning an aged and declining handset business with little upside.
If history is any indication, the company may have just collected one more asset that is poised for the tech industry's trash heap.
-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York.Follow @antoinegara
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