Large and high-profile acquisitions are a lengthy process, usually spanning months. Microsoft may have announced its Nokia takeover deal a while back, but the whole procedure is expected to be complete sometimes next year. That is, pending approval from shareholders and regulatory authorities. And while both companies...

So I knew I wasn’t crazy! A few days ago I expressed my outrage about the fact that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was getting 25 million dollars for giving his current company to his former company. It’s not rocket science but on it’s face it seemed weird. Well, seems like the outrage has grown…. check this out from...

Upfront disclaimer – I have been a critic of Windows Phone and Nokia from the beginning, that hasn’t changed. OK, so like the rest of you, I got the news that Microsoft would be acquiring Nokia’s devices unit. As soon as I read that, I went back into the archives to see what had been written on this blog about Nokia and...

Somewhat surprisingly, Microsoft has actually purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services unit. This move brings the Lumia bran and line of phones finally under Microsoft’s full control. It also gives Microsoft total control of the largest Windows Phone 8 hardware supporter and finally, bragging rights to a completely...

Blackberry (formerly known as Research In Motion/RIM) is in trouble. The phone company recently announced that it has formed a special committee to explore “strategic alternatives” for its itself. They also went on to announce that they are open to alternatives that could range from “joint ventures to partnerships to a...

Boy, talk about déjà vu. Cisco is trying to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype that was already completed in 2011, this time claiming that this deal could infringe competition rules in Europe. According to a Reuters report Cisco has joined forces with Italian fixed-line and Internet telephone service provider...

Part of its increased focus on the CRM business, Microsoft just announced that it has taken over an analytics company by the name of Netbreeze. Terms of the deal were, however, not disclosed. The software giant believes that Netbreeze will play a vital role for the development of social media analytics technologies,...

Microsoft just announced their acquisition of Perceptive Pixel. Perceptive Pixel is a company that has been recognized as a leader in interaction design and the production of high-performance multi-touch platforms. The company is perhaps best known for the 82-inch multitouch display that Microsoft demoed at MWC. The...

OK so RIM is a mess. But then again, you probably knew that. RIM recently said the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile devices has been postponed to early 2013 – more than a year later than initially promised – because the development of its new operating system had “proven to be more time-consuming than...

The Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that RIM might be on the verge of giving up and selling off parts of or a stake in their company. The Blackberry maker is allegedly examining all options including breaking off their handset division and becoming a separate listed company. RIM said in May that the two banks...