See in Charts What Happens When Companies Partner Up With the Nice People at Microsoft
That may be a good idea. While some Microsoft partnerships have gone well enough, others have sent stocks falling down a well.
For example, last year Microsoft partnered with Nokia to put its operating system on Nokia (NOK) handsets:
It has a long-running alliance with Dell (DELL):
More recently, Microsoft teamed up with Barnes & Noble (BKS). In April the bookseller said it will spin off its digital and college business, and Microsoft will invest $300 million in that venture.
Maybe Microsoft was meant to fly solo.