May 16, 2007
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Microsoft finalized its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone and software businesses today. The deal, valued at $7.2 billion, was first announced last September and significantly alters the mobile landscape. Rather than simply develop the Windows Phone operating system, Microsoft will now also make smartphones with the OS on board. It changes the Apple-Google-Microsoft dynamic in a new and interesting way that will bring new opportunities for developers.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Azure Budgets API which includes new enhancements. Among the API updates are support for usage budgets (currently supported for enterprise customers only), support for Azure action groups, and an updated version of the usage details API.