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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gestures during his keynote address at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, California June 26, 2013.

What if Microsoft was a forced buyer?

The Nokia deal doesn’t solve anything

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A woman poses with a Nokia Lumia smartphone in this photo illustration in the central Bosnian town of Zenica in this May 6, 2013 file photo. In an era when shiny new tech start-ups can be worth tens of billions of dollars, Microsoft's deal to acquire Nokia's mobile handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) is a modest one from a strictly financial point of view. Yet the deal is likely to go down as a major turning point in the contemporary technology business, one that marks the end of a Finnish company's unlikely run as world-beating tech icon even as it shapes the future of Microsoft Corp - for better or for worse.

Microsoft’s cheap phone conundrum

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business leaves a question mark over Nokia’s cheap and basic phones that dominate emerging markets

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Xbox One launch date

Microsoft has announced a launch date for the Xbox One in 13 countries

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Nokia hangs on to patents in Microsoft deal

Nokia may have sold its handset business to Microsoft, but is hanging on to its valuable patent portfolio

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Unpacking Microsoft’s USD7.2 billion Nokia phone business deal

Microsoft will buy Nokia’s phone business – a bold foray into mobile devices

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Xbox One pre-order supply sold out: Microsoft

Retail stores in many markets have run out of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One consoles available for pre-orders

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Rise and fall of Nokia

The Nokia story is one of an astonishing rise and a calamitous fall

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Internet websites

Browser wars: Chrome vs Firefox vs IE vs Safari

The latest web browser statistics reveal a continuing trend in the ongoing browser war between Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple

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Nokia to sell mobile phone unit to Microsoft

Nokia will sell its mobile phone unit to US group Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros

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Data Security

Microsoft and Google fight data requests

Microsoft on Friday said that a battle to shed light on secret US government requests for Internet user data would play out in court after failed peace talks.

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