"Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services."
You are probably thinking to yourself "Who cares, i have an iPhone/Android and I ain't never switching!" I ask you this, is Microsoft strengthening its current strategy and what many see as the 3 core tenants of electronics now and in the future. Those 3 tenants are everything that deals with Windows/Office (aka PC's and now tablets), phones and the living room. The living room strategy for Microsoft is Xbox while Sony's is obviously Playstation and Apple's is "Apple TV" so on and so forth... There has been much talk (it is mostly from financial analysts so take it with a grain of salt) recently about how Microsoft should or will get rid of its Xbox division, I believe even the guys on the bombcast have discussed how little the Xbox division contributes to the total revenue of Microsoft.
We could talk about how you wish Nokia would have done an Android phone but my questions is this the first step in Microsoft kicking the boot to Xbox or are we seeing the first step to a stronger ecosystem for Microsoft or neither because " i got dat there iPhone!!!! " I think the living room is too big to just give up on and the talk about Microsoft getting rid of the Xbox division is just coming from idiots that just care about stock price and nothing else.
P.S. How awesome would a Xbox console be, if it was designed by Nokia hardware designers ???