Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:30 UTC

Microsoft announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team.

Nokia's mobile era has now officially come to an end. One day, books will be written about the rise and fall of one of the greatest mobile technology companies of all time - one that played an instrumental role in the development and spread of the mobile phone, and the one company that put a phone in every corner of the world, in every person's hands - whether they were rich or poor. This is a sad day.

On a positive (?) note, Stephen Elop has stated that Microsoft will continue to support Asha and Nokia X, but only time will tell what "support" exactly means.

And we are committed to continuing our support for feature phones, the Asha family, and the Nokia X family of devices, announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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RE[2]: Dumb or Feature Phones
by nitrile on Sat 26th Apr 2014 12:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Dumb or Feature Phones"
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This shadows closely what I think. Plenty of people liked Nokia's hardware. I made a choice of two of their latest (I guess, last) myself - in spite of owning iOS/android because for me, in 2014 they're actually excellent. But for a long time they were unable to sell an excellent system, because of windows phone.

And it's only recently WP hasn't been a retrograde choice at the high end. I'd say Microsoft's too-slow progress claimed Nokia, rather than itself as it's greatest victim. For what reason they enslaved themselves to WP when it was not a realistic competitor is beyond my understanding because despite anything else, they couldn't compete except on price.

It's just sad that as soon as WP is becoming really interesting Nokia quit.

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