SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft made the shock announcement today that it has swallowed the devices business of partner Nokia and licensed some of its software for a hefty sum of £4.6bn.
The deal will take on a number of executives, including Stephen Elop who left Microsoft only a few years ago. Soon to be gone Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the partnership will "strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services".
Of course, Twitter has been quick to react to today's news of Microsoft's Nokia acquisition, and below are the best tweets we've seen so far tweeted by people ranging from employes of the companies involved to your average Twitter user and follower of mobile technology news. µ
Just had the craziest dream: That Microsoft bought Nokia and Elop rejoined the company. Back to sleep....— Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) September 3, 2013
It's hard to not think that part of the deal was Elop gets to be CEO. Thus the suddenness of Ballmer's exit.— Ben Thompson (@monkbent) September 3, 2013
Seriously? Microsoft's buying Nokia's phone business? WOAH.— Eam Alvarez (@hiameam) September 3, 2013
So it finally happened... Microsoft buys Nokia's handset business. RIP Nokia, you were so awesome once.— Phil (@gargathlupus) September 3, 2013
Indicative of changing times - the Nokia/Microsoft deal is worth less than the Nokia/NAVTEQ deal five years ago.— Dave Trevaskus (@DaveTrevaskus) September 3, 2013
Well Microsoft, you just bought the coolest fucking brand to ever exist. I don’t blame you.— Phil Schwarzmann (@PhilSchwarzmann) September 3, 2013
Regardless of whether this MSFT move is for the best, it's an extremely emotional time for all of us at Nokia.— John Kneeland (@SirKneeland) September 3, 2013
Oh, and not forgetting a Tweet from Lord Alan Sugar, too.
Wow that's is big deal Microsoft buying Nokia phone biz.This shows that they want to try to get their Windows 8 tiles software at the races— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) September 3, 2013
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