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Ever since Microsoft first announced to the world their intentions to “re-imagine” Windows it has been a rather wild ride. Their new touch screen user interface, WinRT wasn't just radical for its looks, it ushered in a totally new apps eco system while simultaneously sending the Start Menu to the technology grave yard.

The changes to the OS ran deep and Microsoft had been busy readying Windows 8/RT to run on the highly power efficient ARM processors. Their plans for that became clearer when they shocked the technology world by announcing their own tablet computer, the Surface. With the changes to Windows came a new declaration that Microsoft re-position themselves as a Devices and Services company. They have built their eco system and the next logical step has been to control the hardware that uses it. The culmination of their efforts in re-imagining Windows and becoming a devices and services company can we seen best in one single product, their Surface tablet running Windows RT.

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Mega-retailer Best Buy has invested some serious time into training employees at their brick and mortar stores about Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 8. Speaking to Forbes, Best Buy's merchant vice president for computing, Jason Bonfig, said that they have dedicated over 50,000 hours to making sure certain blue-shirts, Geek Squad consultants and "Microsoft Advisors" all have a working knowledge of Windows 8, so they can help customers feel comfortable with what is surely a change in what they are used to seeing on a Windows computer.

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It wasn't enough for Nokia to just deny rumors that Microsoft would buy them, they had to go out and buy a company of their own.  Ferd Capital confirms that they have sold Smarterphone, a Norwegian company that makes a mobile operating system of the same name, to Nokia.  Smarterphone is designed for "feature phones," those devices that are more basic than smartphones, but want to appear to be more feature-rich than your run-of-the-mill flip phone. 

This is a rather unexpected turn of events, one which leaves many of us scratching our heads.  Since Nokia decided to adopt Windows Phone as their operating system of choice back in February, their former OS, Symbian was relegated to emerging markets and lower-end devices.  So why would Nokia need a lower-lower-end operating system?  Have they landed some sort of patents in deal?  Will having Smarterphone somehow help them bring WP7 into previously untapped markets? 

Your guess is as good as ours. 

Source: Ferd Capital; Via: CNET

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