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Microsoft/Nokia Deal Closes 81

Posted by Soulskill
from the dotted-the-s-and-crossed-the-u dept.
Last September Microsoft announced it would be purchasing Nokia's Devices and Services business. The terms have been worked out, the shareholders gave approval, and the regulatory issues were hurdled. As of today, it's official: Nokia's phone business is now Microsoft Mobile. The final price is around $7.5 billion, and 30,000 employees are transferring to Microsoft. "The purchase of the unprofitable division makes Microsoft the world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones with about 14 percent of the market, according to researcher IDC." Here's Nokia's official statement, and a rather more personal one from an employee. According to The Verge, "Nokia's Android handsets are the most intriguing part of the deal, as they shed some light on how Microsoft might approach the messy and complex nature of shipping devices that don't run the company's Windows software. The Nokia X introduces a new "forked" version of Android that’s akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line, but it also includes a Windows Phone-like UI and an Android store that's separate to Google Play. Microsoft has the chance to control another app store, but also a solid opportunity to push its own cloud-based services." One interesting note: Nokia's phone manufacturing plant in India is not part of the deal because of an ongoing tax dispute. Nokia will continue to operate it as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft.
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Microsoft/Nokia Deal Closes

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  • by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Friday April 25, 2014 @01:32PM (#46843177) Homepage
    Anyone interested in how a former giant could collapse so bad would probably enjoy David Cord's The Decline and Fall of Nokia [amazon.com] . I flipped through it at our large bookstore in Helsinki and found it gripping enough to purchase there and then. Besides press coverage, Cord bases his account on interviews with former Nokia staffers -- there are a lot of bitter Nokia veterans in the Helsinki veteran who want to get the inside story out. Also, as much as I love my N900, it is sad to see that the writing was on the wall even before that particular device came out.
  • Re:IT'S A TRAP! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by serviscope_minor (664417) on Friday April 25, 2014 @01:49PM (#46843315) Journal

    Maybe, but Nokia would still have ended up in a far worse situation without the Microsoft deal.

    May have. They still had an assload of patents on almost all areas of mobile phone hardware and showed no sign of slowing down in that department. They also were still moving a metric assloads (approximately 1.1 imperial short fucktons) of dumbphones.

    Companies have turned around from worse successfully.

  • Re:IT'S A TRAP! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 25, 2014 @02:00PM (#46843435)

    Which Microsoft deal would that be?

    • The one where they took their media fuctions from Microsoft and then Microsoft failed to deliver music?|
    • The one where they took their office software from Mictosoft and then Steven Elop failed to deliver software?
    • The one where they took their OS from Microsoft and then MS failed to deliver working apps?
    • The one where they sold of their crippled mobile phone division to MS?

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