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40 Tech Deals That Had Big Channel Impact
CRN reviews 40 of the biggest tech deals that affected the channel: from Novell’s Wordperfect buy to Broadcom’s impending VMware acquisition.
In 2014, Microsoft closed on its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division, growing its mobile phone portfolio and capabilities. While more offerings in a hot industry can help channel partners, in this case, other vendors including Apple and Google proved too dominant for Microsoft and Nokia to overcome. The deal proved disastrous, with Microsoft writing down the purchase in 2015 and laying off thousands of workers. The next year, Microsoft sold parts of the smartphone business for $350 million to a Foxconn subsidiary and HMD Global.