For more than a year, industry experts and reporters alike were convinced that, not long after the snuggling up of Microsoft and Nokia in 2011 on the Windows Phone platform, the Finnish phone maker would eventually somehow be absorbed by the software giant.
That day finally came on Monday, when the two companies announced that Microsoft would buy Nokia's phone making unit: the jewels in the company's crown — albeit worn and torn after years of competition from fruit-themed rival smartphone makers.
We immediately headed to Twitter as the source of quick-hit initial reaction from high profile industry folk, entrepreneurs, Microsoft watchers, and even competitors, to see what the overall impression was.
(And we should point out: yes, you're about to see a hearty dose of sarcasm and snark here. To be fair, it's still a good cross-section of what people are saying.)
Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone made an interesting comparison — this deal has been done before.
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