So you guys probably already know that two of my favorite brands are Microsoft and Nokia. Well, being that I am a Microsoft Windows Champion and I have had the pleasure to work with Nokia on a few events, I knew something was coming down the pipeline back in January but I’ve had to keep quiet…until now! Microsoft and Nokia Devices and Services business just officially publicly announced that they have united!
Say what?! Yep, everything just became a lot #MoreColorful and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
The Official Word:
Microsoft Corp. has announced the completion of its acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business. The completion of the acquisition marks an important step in bringing these two organizations together as one team, a process that is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete.
Stephen Elop, former Nokia President and CEO, will serve as executive vice president of Microsoft’s Devices Group, reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Elop will lead an expanded team made up of Xbox, Xbox Live, Microsoft Studios, Microsoft Hardware, Surface and Nokia Devices and Services.
Microsoft will continue to deliver new value and opportunity, and work closely with a wide range of hardware partners, developers, operators, distributors and retailers, providing platforms, tools, applications and services that enable them to make exceptional devices. With a deeper understanding of hardware and software working as one, the company will strengthen and grow demand for Windows devices overall.
Get ready, folks, things are about to get really interesting!