MoneyWatch) Last week, Microsoft announced it was purchasing a sizable chunk of the 150-year-old Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia for $7.2 billion -- that buys Microsoft the Devices and Services division. That's a large check to write -- even considering Microsoft's enormous cash reserves -- and follows the software maker's $900 million write-off for unsold Windows Surface tablets.
One measure of the merger is to ask a very simple question: Are you likely to purchase any phone that's born from this marriage?
The answer, I think, is "no." And that's not a promising start to NokiaSoft.