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Why Microsoft Had No Choice But To Purchase Nokia's Handset Business

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http://techcrunch.com – The news that Microsoft has purchased substantial assets from Nokia came as a surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t have. The underlying reason that Microsoft had little choice but to buy Nokia is plain: Nokia had too much control over the Windows Phone platform, and Microsoft could not afford to lose its primacy over its mobile efforts. How did we end up in this situation? Simple: Microsoft granted Nokia special privileges to adapt Windows Phone to its own preference, and Nokia over time became the most popular Windows Phone manufacturer. Then it became essentially the only Windows Phone (IT news)