REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 2, 2013 Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.
Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.
Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.
“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”
“We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia’s incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family. Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we anticipate a smooth transition and great execution,” Ballmer said. “With ongoing share growth and the synergies across marketing, branding and advertising, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to our adjusted earnings per share starting in FY15, and we see significant long-term revenue and profit opportunities for our shareholders.”
“For Nokia, this is an important moment of reinvention and from a position of financial strength, we can build our next chapter,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today’s announcement, Nokia Interim CEO. “After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders. Additionally, the deal offers future opportunities for many Nokia employees as part of a company with the strategy, financial resources and determination to succeed in the mobile space.”
“Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft’s software engineering with the best of Nokia’s product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing,” said Stephen Elop, who following today’s announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. “With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products.”
Nokia has outlined its expected focus upon the closing of the transaction in a separate press release published today.
A full PC that’s thin and light enough to take anywhere, in one gorgeous device. An Intel® Core™ i5 Processor provides powerful performance and stunning visuals and you can run your favorite programs plus great new Windows 8 apps.
Windows 8 Pro and 1-month trial of Office 365 for new customers
Work anywhere, anytime with Windows 8 Pro and Office 365. Keep tabs on news, friends, and entertainment with pre-loaded Microsoft apps. Run your existing desktop programs and visit the Windows Store to discover new apps and games.
Intel i5 Processor
Enjoy fast, powerful performance and stunning visuals. The Intel i5 processor was built using the latest technologies, including HD graphics, to deliver with impressive speed and responsiveness. Run Outlook1, Office 3651, and Desktop Apps such as Adobe Photoshop.
Get creative with drawing and note taking in applications such as OneNote1. Mark up your PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, and documents just like you would on paper. A pen digitizer and pen come with your device, making it easy to add a personal touch.
VaporMg™ casing and Integrated Kickstand
Made with VaporMg, Surface is precision crafted to be tough yet elegant, without excessive bulk. At 2 pounds, with a watch-like finish that’s incredibly smooth and durable, Surface is a delight to hold and touch. The integrated Kickstand provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free entertainment. Whether you’re watching a movie, or shooting video, Surface stands on its own.
Type the way you’re used to typing. Type Cover combines the speed and comfort of a classic laptop keyboard with super-thin, lightweight design. Take Surface from tablet to laptop and back again with a quick flip of Type Cover. Type Cover is sold separately.
Touch Cover clicks in to Surface in an instant, and offers a sleek, spill-resistant exterior for working – no matter where you find yourself. When folded back, Touch Cover automatically disables keystrokes for a full touchscreen experience; when closed, it turns off your display. Touch Cover is sold separately. Colors vary by region. Black, white, cyan, magenta and red.
Ports and Connectivity
Bring your entire media collection with you wherever you go. A microSDXC card slot lets you add up to 64 GB of extra storage. Show off everything on the big screen using the mini DisplayPort3. Full-size USB port and Bluetooth 4.0 provide clutter-free connections with wireless mice and headsets. Dual 2×2 MIMO antennas provide reliable internet connectivity.
Front and rear-facing 720p HD video cameras
Capture life from all sides with LifeCam. The rear camera is angled to shoot straight ahead when the Kickstand is flipped out. The Kickstand also enables hands-free Skype video chat or recording. Custom lens design and an ambient light sensor maximize light intake while providing sharp focus so you’ll never miss a shot.
From work to play, Surface Pro has it all!
Surface Pro is now available and you can get yours at the Microsoft online store: Link
We just have one thing to say here: Microsoft and Nokia hire this guy.
This is how you have to advertise a great product, with great ad like this!
Nokia today announced its financial quarter results for Q4.
Nokia returned to profit with $585 Million profit on $10.73 Billion revenue.
Nokia sold over 4.4 Million Lumia Windows Phone devices which is up from Q3 number of 2.9 million units.
Stephen Elop had the following to the say about the quarterly results:
We are very encouraged that our team’s execution against our business strategy has started to translate into financial results. Most notably we are pleased that Nokia Group reached underlying operating profitability in the fourth quarter and for the full year 2012.
While the first half of 2012 was difficult for Nokia Group, in Q4 2012 we strengthened our financial position, improved our underlying operating margin in Devices & Services, introduced the HERE brand to expand our mapping and location experiences, and drove record profitability in Nokia Siemens Networks.
We remain focused on moving through our transition, which includes continuing to improve our product competitiveness, accelerate the way we operate and manage our costs effectively. All of these efforts are aimed at improving our financial performance and delivering more value to our shareholders.
Average Selling price of smart device also increased due to sales of newly launched Lumia devices which had a higher ASP. The ASP of Lumia devices in the fourth quarter 2012 was EUR 192, compared to EUR160 in the third quarter 2012.
North America was one of the reason behind higher Lumia sales where in Q4 2012 the numbers grew over 40% over the same quarter last year.
As you know Google has announced the discontinuation of their support of Exchange ActiveSync aka the standard for many who use email, after January 30th 2013!
This makes Gmail not compatible with standards and you will have problems with using your mail or calendar in many devices including your Windows Phone devices.
But there is simple and a very good solution for it. Stop using Gmail and move to a much better email, calendar, and cloud service aka Outlook.com.
Here is an instruction for how to switch completely from Gmail to Outlook.com without missing anything.
- Go to Gmail
- On the left side, click the dropdown that says ‘Gmail’, and click ‘Contacts’
- At the top of the contacts list, click the ‘More’ dropdown, select “Export…”
- Select the contact group, most likely ‘All Contacts’ and then select ‘Outlook CSV’
- Click ‘Export’ and save it somewhere (For example contacts.csv)
- Go to Outlook Sign In
- “Add people to your contact list” should be available, select “Import from file”
- Select the file you downloaded earlier
- Be sure to clean up and duplicate contacts by clicking the “Manage” dropdown on the main People website and selecting ‘Clean up contacts’
Create an email address (@outlook.com or @live.com) We recommend just going with making a new email address for full switch.
- To create a new email address, go to http://signup.live.com (Note: if you have a Windows Phone, you should have one)
- Once you have your new Microsoft account, click the Settings gear at the top right, and click “More Mail Settings”
- Click “Your email accounts”
- Click “Add send-and-receive account”
- Enter your Gmail (or other) information
- Over the course of a few hours, all of your mail should be imported automatically, and you should even be able to “send-as” your Gmail account.
- Go to Google Calender
- On the left side where your calendars are listed, click the dropdown and click ‘Settings’
- In the ‘My Calendars’ category, select Export Calendars
- The file will be a .zip, you need to extract the .ics file out of the ZIP file. (calendar.ics)
- Go to http://calendar.live.com
- Above the calendar, click “Subscribe”
- Select the “Import from an ICS file” bullet.
- Select the file you had and save.
- Sign in to Gmail and find your Google Drive folder.
- Select All (shift + A), click More, click Download, and then save your Google Docs as Office documents on your desktop.
- Download SkyDrive here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/download
- Go to your SkyDrive account , and then drag your files from your desktop to your SkyDrive folder (it will automatically sync).
You are done!
Now you can start enjoying your Outlook/Live email service (of course with full support for Exchange ActiveSync) and have much faster, safer and better email experience with lots of new features.
If you like you can close and delete your Gmail account after this process and with Outlook you will be able to do even much more.
Source: WPCentral Forum
We all know that Windows Phone 7.5 CR3 was aimed at bringing the hardware requirements down for lower-end Windows Phone 7.x devices, allowing devices with as low as 256 MB of RAM to still run the OS, although with certain restrictions placed to ensure that the experience is still smooth and fluid.
But what about about the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8, which is now based on the Windows 8 OS core?
Here is minimum hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8:
- Minimum 512MB RAM for WVGA phones; minimum 1GB RAM for 720p / WXGA
- Minimum 4GB flash memory
- GPS and A-GNSS; GLONASS is supported if OEMs decide to include it
- Support for micro-USB 2.0
- 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with three-button detection support
- 802.11b/g and Bluetooth (802.11n is optional)
- Rear-facing AF camera with LED or Xenon flash, optional front-facing camera (both need to be VGA or better) and dedicated camera button
- Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as vibration motor (magnetometer and gyroscope are optional)
- Multi-touch capacitive touch screen with minimum of four simultaneous points
- DirectX graphics hardware support with hardware acceleration for Direct3D using programmable GPU
This is the bare minimum that Microsoft allows its OEMs to have in their Windows Phone 8 hardware.
Some apps and features won’t work on phones with less than 1 GB of RAM and Microsoft did not specify exactly which apps or features won’t work on phones with less than 1GB of RAM.
Looking at the list of all announced Windows Phone 8 devices we can see that most devices has 1GB of RAM therefore they will not be affected by this limitation.
For example Nokia decided to put 1GB of RAM for its Lumia 810, 820 and 822 phones. The lower-end HTC 8S is currently the only announced Windows Phone 8 device that features only 512 MB of RAM.
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In addition to launching Windows Phone 8 and new developer platform this week, Microsoft also refreshed the Dev Center, which is now ready for Windows Phone 8 app submissions.
The first thing you’ll likely notice is the site’s fresh new look and feel that puts top tasks front and center. On the home page you can download the new Windows Phone 8 SDK, see What’s New, sign up for a local hands-on Dev Camp event, and watch showcase videos like this in-depth platform introduction from Windows Phone engineer Peter Torr.
Microsoft update these areas weekly—so stay tuned for more in-depth guidance including //BUILD session recordings.
Microsoft also reorganized site content to make it easier to find and use. Here’s just one example: All the steps and guidance for publishing an app are now under one tab.
This release also includes a number of changes and improvements to address developers feedback.
More improvements includes:
- An all new document library (tens of thousands of pages) with a new code gallery, API library, and a sections on games and Direct 3D app development.
- Support for landscape screenshots so they’ll appear in the correct orientation on your app details page.
- Better keyword discoverability.
- New advertising unit sizes (480×640, 480×800, 480×853).
- New confirmation messages for certain actions during app submission.
- For new apps using the map control, with the new SDK you can now get the required authentication tokens via Dev Center. (If you already have maps in your app, there’s no change required.)
- The new auto complete drop down list (shown below) makes it easier for developers with lots of apps to find the one they want to manage.
Source: Windows Phone Blog