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This is the first week back after the Labor Day weekend. Most of us just spent an extended weekend with friends and/or family quietly enjoying the last week of summer. Not so for the management teams at Microsoft and Nokia. Just short of midnight on the night of Labor Day, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire the mobile phone assets of Nokia.

For $7.2 billion, Microsoft will purchase all of Nokia’s devices, services business and license Nokia patents and mapping services. This deal had been rumored for quite some time now, as earlier this year speculation was raised that Microsoft had made a bid to purchase Nokia.

The acquisition is also a blow to Canada-based BlackBerry, as there had been some speculation that the two companies would find a way to work together, with Microsoft possibly acquiring all of BlackBerry. Now BlackBerry seems like the lone small player in a market of giants.

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This week at Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced the general availability of two Chrome OS Laptops.  Both Best Buy and Amazon will be selling the devices made by Acer and Samsung.  The Samsung “Chrome Book” will have a 12.1 inch display and have integrated WiFi and Verizon 3G and will be priced at $429.  The Acer device will only be $349 but will be WiFi only and have an 11.6 inch screen.  Both devices tout long battery life and are optimized for accessing content out of the cloud.

Google also announced a very compelling business package where organizations could lease the Chrome Books for $28 per month per user.  The $28 price tag includes the laptop, full warranty, support, service, end of life replacement and a device called the Chrome Box to allow companies to connect the Chrome Book to the corporate file systems.

In my opinion, this is an important evolutionary step for the device market, for both consumers and corporate workers.  Almost every part of technology has transformed to be web optimized.  To quote my colleague, Sandra Palumbo, “we access what we want, when we want” because we’re always connected.

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