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Microsoft & Nokia get more intimate

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microsoftApparently Microsoft believed a majority share of Nokia’s devices and services division was worth $7.17 billion. With that wad of cash, Microsoft dug its heels in and are seemingly in it for the long haul.

I’ve always liked what Microsoft and Nokia was doing with regards to their smartphone software and hardware. It looked very pretty and seemed to function very smoothly. It’s the post-release support and lack of app support that makes all of us cautious when looking at Windows Phone.

If this results in improved execution and a more aggressive Microsoft in the smartphone space, I will pleased. Perhaps they could leverage the “Surface” name or some other unifying brand for their tablet and handheld devices. Who knows how long it will take for Microsoft to get this ball rolling though. After all, it took Google some time before they debuted the Moto X.

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