Microsoft and Nokia CEOs at a walk

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

Microsoft announced it had completed its acquisition of Nokia, the phone maker and longtime Windows Phone champion.As tech announcements go it’s no … you know … new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy rollout. The deal was well known and had been in the works for a while.

Perhaps that’s why folks online spent more time poking fun at the photo that accompanied the announcement.In what we can only presume was a shot staged on location, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia boss Stephen Elop are enjoying a casual stroll down a country road, smiling at Elop’s Nokia smartphone with a snow-capped mountain range in the background.
You know … like super-rich tech CEOs always do.At first glance, there’s nothing overtly hilarious in the photo. But as you ponder it further (the sort of thing the Internet likes to do) it’s the little oddities that get you. Are they stranded, “Deliverance” style?” What’s so funny? Why is Elop clutching his glow-in-the-dark smartphone in both hands like Satella is about to steal it? Or, for that matter, why is he in shirt sleeves when there’s snow on the ground?