Microsoft to buy Nokia's devices and services - what will they do with Lumia camera-phones?
With IFA 2013 just about to open its doors, Microsoft and Nokia dropped a big bomb. Microsoft is paying over $7 billion USD to buy Nokia's Devices and Services. Detailed coverage of the news from a tech and business perspective via Techmeme and Tech Crunch et al.
Trojan horse Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft to run the new Nokia Devices and Services. Two years ago Elop denied being a Microsoft plant, now he is quite likely to become the next Microsoft CEO after Ballmer retires.
So the big question is, what will Microsoft do with the Lumia cameraphones? Nokia generated a lot of interest and excitement with their cameras and their 41-megapixel sensors. Microsoft previously dabbled in digital imaging software but hardware wise, they closest they came to photography are their webcams and the cameras in Kinect and such. Will they push forward with a reference design like they are doing with the Surface Windows 8 tablets?
As always, only time will tell. For now, here is an 11-page review of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera-phone posted a couple of days ago at dpreview.connect.