One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's Devices and Services unit, it announced today. It unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware supporter, and gives the company an integrated solution across hardware and software. Microsoft paid 3.79 billion Euros for Nokia's business, plus another 1.65 billion Euros for
its portfolio of patents. The purchase comes on the heelsof what appeared to be a failed purchase in June, though at that point it seemed as if conversations had broken off entirely. Now the two come
together, in what outgoing Microsoft CEO called "a bold step into the future."
Good move. Nokia has their business well established in a lot of countries. The patents have also been licensed.