Microsoft Is Buying Nokia In A Plot To Rule The World
Okay, that headline is absolute bullshit, well part of it anyway. I wanted to make a silly statement about Microsoft after the negativity of the last article. Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s Devices & Services division for a reported $7.1 billion. This includes Nokia’s smartphone division responsible for a number of flagship Windows Phone devices we’ve seen in the past few years including the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 928.
The deal is still in preliminary stages as corporate buyouts tend to take some time. The acquisition is expected to be completed next year pending regulatory approval.
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Nokia was the only major smartphone maker really pushing Windows Phone so it makes sense for Microsoft to take that into their own hands with the intent of some aggressive expansion. Much like the Xbox divison, Microsoft will now have their own in-house smartphone development and manufacturing infrastructure.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will join Microsoft and lead an “expanded devices team.” Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s current overseer for Devices and Studio Engineering, will continue to lead the division until the deal is complete after which she will work under Elop on his team. Larson-Green’s portfolio currently includes Xbox and once Elop takes on his new position, that will fall under his umbrella.
This doesn’t have all that much to do with gaming, you’ve realised that by now but this seemed news-worthy.
This acquisition seems to be an extension of the shake-up happening over at Microsoft with current CEO Steve Ballmer set to leave and a number of structural changes taking place within the company.
I’m just postulating here but what do you think of an Xbox Phone or a smartphone/phablet that’s specifically designed to serve as a second-screen to your Xbox One? Sony already has the Vita and has experimented with a number of (failed) attempts at combining PlayStation with their phones so could Microsoft get it right? More importantly, is there a market for such a thing anymore beyond the mere novelty of the concept?