Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 21:21 UTC

Microsoft's agreement to buy Nokia's handset business, codenamed Project Gold Medal, was more of a sprint than a marathon.

Talks between the two companies began in February after both sides agreed a two-year-old collaboration on smartphone development wasn't working, according to people familiar with the deal.

This cannot be true. Internet commenters told me in no uncertain terms that Nokia and Windows Phone were doing just fine. And internet commenters are always right.

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Get ready for Surface Phone!!!!
by ze_jerkface on Wed 4th Sep 2013 12:03 UTC
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Windows Surface Lumia Phone is coming in 2016, priced around $600. It won't run WinRT or WP8 apps but it will have a new API that developers are going to love. A corporate update is expected in 2018, with requested features from Windows Mobile slated for around 2020.

And to think some of you questioned Ballmer. I'm sure the board will be begging him to come back after his voluntary vacation.

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