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Microsoft/Nokia Deal Closes 81

Posted by Soulskill
from the dotted-the-s-and-crossed-the-u dept.
Last September Microsoft announced it would be purchasing Nokia's Devices and Services business. The terms have been worked out, the shareholders gave approval, and the regulatory issues were hurdled. As of today, it's official: Nokia's phone business is now Microsoft Mobile. The final price is around $7.5 billion, and 30,000 employees are transferring to Microsoft. "The purchase of the unprofitable division makes Microsoft the world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones with about 14 percent of the market, according to researcher IDC." Here's Nokia's official statement, and a rather more personal one from an employee. According to The Verge, "Nokia's Android handsets are the most intriguing part of the deal, as they shed some light on how Microsoft might approach the messy and complex nature of shipping devices that don't run the company's Windows software. The Nokia X introduces a new "forked" version of Android that’s akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line, but it also includes a Windows Phone-like UI and an Android store that's separate to Google Play. Microsoft has the chance to control another app store, but also a solid opportunity to push its own cloud-based services." One interesting note: Nokia's phone manufacturing plant in India is not part of the deal because of an ongoing tax dispute. Nokia will continue to operate it as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft.

Comment: Re:How to Falsify Evolution (Score -1, Offtopic) 64

by TheRecklessWanderer (#46470823) Attached to: <em>Wildstar</em> To Launch On June 3
You are using one word in different contexts in the same question and expecting one answer for all of them. Is that supposed to be clever? It's not. Here are the answers with the context in quotes: US Law: Yes all men are created equal. Biological: No, some people's DNA plays nasty tricks on them. Soviet Cold War Era: All men are equal but some are more equal than others. US Society: He with the gold makes the rules. He born to gold is a lucky bastard. Depending the context there are different answers. You are using light and mirrors to try and prove your point. Good luck with that. As to the limit of reality, humans certainly don't know the nature of the universe, and probably never will. Maybe in 2 or 3 billion years. I think that you should get off your high horse, because in truth it's falling over.

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