Today, Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services businesses including key patents. You can read all about it from Microsoft’s News Center. There will be more to share… the press conference is currently live at this moment.
Microsoft and Nokia Partnership
This acquisition stems from a strong partnership that has been underway over the last several years.
A Shared History of Innovation
There is a rich, shared history of innovation with the companies.
Strong Execution Plan
Key Nokia executives will come to Microsoft to continue to lead the amazing efforts that have already been underway.
You can download the PDF or the PowerPoint to get more information.
I have nothing more to say on this outside of the official press announcement, except that I’m a big fan of Steve Ballmer (and Bill Gates).
I’ve been with Microsoft for over 12.5 years. I always viewed it was my destiny to work for this great company. Microsoft was founded in 1975… the year I was born!
Best of luck to you and your family Mr. Ballmer. Be proud of all the accomplishments this company has achieved.
Yesterday, a Press Release went live to share the news that one of Japan’s leading insurance companies, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, will provide their 30,000 sales personnel with Windows 8 running on a customized Fujitsu tablet.
As stated by Erwin Visser on Windows for your Business, Meiji Yasuda’s goal
is to enhance the way they engage their customers and deliver on a vision of serving customers anytime, anywhere, and doing so without giving up the benefit of a connected office experience.
Windows Security was another primary benefit for the decision to go with Windows 8 as the preferred platform:
Keeping data protected: Meiji Yasuda is able to encrypt customer records and keep them stored centrally, allowing sales personnel to travel with their tablets and access necessary customer data without any security risks.
Microsoft has recently made the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview bits available and it is expected to RTM late August.