Microsoft inks big deals

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Microsoft has en­tered into mul­ti­ple prof­itable in­vest­ments. The US soft­ware gi­ant has in­vested in deals worth bil­lions of dol­lars with Nokia, the cell phone hard­ware gi­ant and Skype, an in­ter­net phone ser­vice com­pany.

Un­der a $1 bil­lion agree­ment, Microsoft and Nokia will launch their first joint pro­ject of Win­dows app mar­ket­place built on the Win­dows Phone Mar­ket­place plat­form.

Un­der the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant agree­ment, Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 bil­lion dol­lars, a phone this year. Nokia will pro­vide map­ping, nav­i­ga­tion, and lo­ca­tion­based ser­vices while Microsoft will pro­vide Bing search ser­vices ‘across the Nokia port­fo­lio’. Nokia will launch its own Nokia-branded phe­nom­e­nal in­ter­net phone ser­vice used by mil­lions of peo­ple across the world. Through buy­ing Skype, Microsoft has tried to shed some of its busi­ness soft­ware im­age and gain mo­men­tum in a trendy smart­phone mar­ket at a time when In­ter­net life­styles are go­ing mo­bile

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