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...

To say things are blue for big old Steve is an understatement, an utter understatement. Following intense public criticism, the CEO of Microsoft now finds himself out of an esteemed list of the best chief executive officers in the business. But that’s what probably happens when you bring baseball bats into...