>> for reasons ranging from talent grabs to patent portfolio protection ...
To anticompetitive and antitrust actions against prospective competitors that can't be bought: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_Documents). They've been using their patents to sue anyone that uses Linux instead of their own OS, then making part of the settlement terms a binding agreement that they can't discuss which patents were used (so that the Linux community can work around them or have them invalidated).
They make more money off of extorting companies making Android phones than they do on Windows Phone. At the end of the day, I'll bet the result of this acquisition is more software patent lawsuits against some company that produces a Linux-based product (phone, most likely), based on some multitouch patent covering the interface.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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