Smart phones, watches, and spies: Ars readers react

Microsoft made a big announcement on Monday night, when most of America was wrapping up a night of Labor Day barbecue and beer. The giant software company revealed that it had purchased Finnish phone maker Nokia for $7.17 billion. Peter Bright’s article, Microsoft buys Nokia’s phone business for $7.1 billion, had all the details of the sudden purchase, and our readers had lots to say on the topic. EagerEyes was surprised at the news that Microsoft’s purchase did not include Nokia Solutions and Networks (formerly Nokia Siemens Networks), which builds telecommunications equipment and mapping division HERE (Navteq). “They’re not buying the mapping division? Why not? I guess they have Bing maps, but still. Seems pretty random to leave that out.” pitmonster was surprised that Microsoft’s deal would eliminate Nokia branding: Interesting that it looks like future products will not have Nokia branding and may just be called Microsoft Windows Phone. For many markets (certainly here in Europe) the Nokia name is well-known and well trusted—certainly more so than the Microsoft name. Most people have had a Nokia phone in the past, and for those who bought / are about to buy their first smartphone the

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