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Microsoft pours $300 million in Barnes&Noble for its own e-book and educational ecosystem

0. phoneArena posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:14

The software giant from Redmond together with Barnes&Noble announced a partnership, dubbed Newco, exclusively for the digital and college business of the largest book retailer in the US. Microsoft will contribute about $300 million to the joint venture, which gives it 17.6% stake, with the rest belonging to B&N...

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posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:30 3

1. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

I like this idea

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 12:13 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Great for me!!! I am a Barnes & Nobel supporter already, so an App to WP brings my good reads over to my Phone real easy!! They just guaranteed my fun money stays in their corner and not a Kindle!!!

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:37

2. tedkord (Posts: 14206; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Does this mean a WP powered Nook tablet? And if so, will MS let them customize the UI?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 08:43

3. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)

MS is really dipping their toes in a lot of ponds. They are really gathering partners for this new battle.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 08:44

4. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)

Double post

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 09:49 2

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

PhoneArena forgot to mention that once there was an ongoing lawsuit between Microsoft and Barnes&Noble. Barnes&Noble refused to pay those Android patents Microsoft claim and decided to go to court.
I'm surprised that this time Microsoft took a more creative approach. Instead of suing each other they went for partnership. Win-Win situation.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 11:52

6. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

Maybe now they can push there Xbox game for wp7 dept. to get some really good title in. Till they do Im still leaning towards iPhone :(

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