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Microsoft Buys Its Way into the Growing BYOD Smartphone Market

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On September 3, 2013, Microsoft announced that it had agreed to acquire Nokia's Device & Services business for $7.2 billion. The purchase agreement also includes the transfer of 32,000 Nokia employees to Microsoft. Given the financial pressures faced by Nokia, the transaction represents a rational business decision by the 150-year-old Finnish company. The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, has set off a fresh round of questions about Microsoft's mobile strategy and its historic approach to licensing software to manufacturers. But it also raises some interesting possibilities, especially for enterprise customers. This Insight looks at what this Microsoft-Nokia deal means for enterprise mobility.

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