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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seriously? And people thought nokia was rudderless with their moves with symbian, and maemo and meego, qt, etc.

I guess this new phone API *might* make sense if it closely paralleled ios and/or android allowing easy porting from these ecosystems to windows phone. Perhaps pigs can fly and hell has frozen over and MS is getting ready to adopt open standards (opengles, etc).

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