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All your base are belong to us: Nokia is now Microsoft

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Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop (left) and Microsoft ex-CEO Steven Ballmer (right)

Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop (left) and Microsoft ex-CEO Steven Ballmer (right)


The deal has been sealed, and so Nokia's whole Devices & Services division is now officially part of Microsoft. Almost, that is, because some recent "adjustments" to the deal left Nokia's Chennai (India) and Masan (South Korea) factories out of its scope.

The initially announced transaction price for the acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services division was about $7.2 billion, but in its just-published statement, the company informs that it expects the final price to be slightly higher, due to a positive estimate of Nokia's net working capital and cash earnings. Unofficial estimations quote a total price of about $7.5 billion.

It's still somewhat unclear exactly what the future of Nokia and its smartphones is going to be at this point, but hopefully we'll know more soon, as it's been announced that more details surrounding the closing of the deal are to be disclosed on April 29, when we're also going to learn about the company's first quarter 2014 financial results. Expectations are that Nokia will continue building Windows Phone smartphones for Microsoft, but it's uncertain under what brand those smartphones are going to be released. A leaked memo has recently revealed that the part of Nokia that's getting acquired by Microsoft will be renamed to Microsoft Mobile, but neither Nokia, nor Microsoft have provided confirmation yet.

As a direct result of these latest developments, top Nokia executives Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber are currently on their way to the life-boats scattered around the burning platform, getting ready to join Microsoft's ranks. Once he returns to Microsoft, ex-CEO Stephen Elop is going to become chief of Redmond's Xbox and tablets businesses.

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posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:05 27

1. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Bye bye Nokia. You were good until you sold yourself to the devil.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:17 12

4. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 112; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


The known devil is better than the unknown!!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:37 7

17. nokia12 (Posts: 350; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


so happy that Mr.flop is finally out of Nokia..
2016 we are waiting for you.. common Nokia ..

its time to build again..

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 22:33 1

82. express77 (unregistered)


But RIP Microsoft's Xbox and Tablet division.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 09:51

84. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 312; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Bah - known or unknown the end result is the same.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:18 12

5. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


R.I.P. Nokia ! Bad move towards wp.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:29 13

12. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


oh god, not this again...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:47 4

28. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


So those of us that don't like WP can't voice our opinions, well that is cool.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:13 4

33. papss (unregistered)


No it's that you fandroids say it over and over and frankly only fandroids think android is the all mighty savior... It's not

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:57 6

44. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The Elop hate isnt just from fandroids.....its also from folks that actually used Meego. And some long time Nokia users.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:45 2

52. panjgoori (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


well if Android was not the savior neither was WP. MeeGo was the savior but Elop killed it.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:03 1

57. papss (unregistered)


No Nokia killed it.. the board killed it

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 18:19 1

70. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)


No. Elop killed Meego. Not the board. Elop removed any and all threats against WP sales, menial as they are.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 18:38 2

73. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You know what Meego was? It was Android i.e. Buggy, laggy and unsecure sans the apps. It was best to eradicate such a OS and use a fresh, smooth and much better OS on awesome hardware Nokia had.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 19:01 2

75. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)


Better? That's subjective.

Laggy? Have you ever used Meego? Used an actual N9? Because if you did, you'd know Meego was far from laggy or buggy. It was hailed in the media as the next big OS. It had QT compatibility. Meego was far from laggy dude. Try again on someone who hasn't extensively used the N9.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 18:36 3

71. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


HTC is the best example for how Android isn't the "saviour" OS these trolls are deeming it to be. Yet they still hate on WP & Nokia.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 19:04 1

76. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)


I've never hailed Android as being the savior of anything dude. But is far better than WP.

And why is it that WPhanboys always say Android is laggy? Android hasn't lagged since ICS and Jelly bean. Try again.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 22:11

78. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And how are those amazing HTC WP sales doing these days..

Exactly.

Sometimes...it isnt the OS...but the manufacture.... or the hardware....or marketing....or sometimes....others just do it all better.

What OS do you think smaller companies will flock to....one with a small market share...or one that has alot more exposure....

Nokia gambled and won....I dont think too many other companies can afford to gamble like that.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:13 3

34. PressStart (Posts: 118; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Opinions ok, but can anyone really know the future of WP? How does he know it was a bad move for Nokia? Only time (and sales) will tell.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:23 6

48. corporateJP (Posts: 1820; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Numbers support it was a bad move for Nokia. The company lost more money under Elop and became devalued horribly. Marketshare was destroyed by Windows Phone adoption.

The unknowns remain: should they have improved Symbian and continued running with it? Kept pushing Meego as a replacement? Adopted Android as well or as a full replacement? Any of this is pure speculation, but Elop at the helm pushing Windows Phone and trashing everything else Nokia did and made surely put the nail in the coffin.

I use all three major OSes right now, but I will tell you, after my Nokia phone dies, I won't be picking up a Microsoft phone. Bank on that.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 18:41 1

74. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


And why exactly this hatred towards to Microsoft? Just cuz they have a monopoly in the PC market? Its not their fault if another company cannot provide a good working alternative to Windows in the PC market. MacBooks are overpriced everywhere. Or is the hate cuz of the money they charge? Let me tell you, Apple is even more greedy than MS.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 22:24

79. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Correction....its not that others cant provide a good working alternative...because in many cases there are....OS X and many Linux distros.

Remember..you said good working.....not better working. And even better working is opinion. Linux was doing Aero style, eye candy better than Windows...Compiz and Beryl...

Windows biggest thing going for it is ease of use.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:20 12

7. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Can u mention any company that has a very clean record
Or better than microsoft? Stop saying what u don't know
, Nokia will definitely grow higher and higher cos Microsoft
Great platform is doing better and better and with lots more
To come. Room was not built in a day . Get that fact dude

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:25 3

11. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


relax dude relax! lol...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:43 5

19. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I think a lot of rooms have been built in a day, actually. It's not that hard: just put up a few walls, slap a roof on top and BOOM! You've got yourself a room!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:14 1

35. papss (unregistered)


Funny guy eh? You got jokes

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:01

45. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:47 1

53. panjgoori (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


it was because of Nokia name not WP. We will see how many devices Microsoft will sell without Nokia name.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:33 7

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia name on phone that stand for proud.

My last Nokia will be 930 :(
Waiting for 2016, pls come back Nokia. We will wait for u.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:17 10

25. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Most of us buy Windows Phones because of Nokia Brand. I think if Microsoft change the branding name of devices it will be a total bad move from them.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:11 1

32. Aboodbanafa (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


What will happen in 2016 , i read that in all of your comments

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:49 3

68. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia is restricted in deal, they contract that after deal Nokia can't make phones till end of 2015. And they can start making phones in 2016.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 09:41

83. Aboodbanafa (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


thanx , bro

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:05

22. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1471; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


They could or could not have sold themselves to other companies, but they'd no less of a devil.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:10 8

24. arenanew (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


google is biggest devil duffer . microsoft is good and reputed company , google run amatured peopl which we called beggar . android is busy in selling underweear and personal information , plus q1 2014 huge loss .

microsoft have strong profit nokia in right hand . go microsoft bes of luck

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:57 4

30. shuaibhere (Posts: 1672; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Do you know what was happening in 1990's???U don't....
Microsoft is the most evil company in the tech world..
They use monopoly to throw competition out...
From compelling OEM's to not pre-install netscape navigator in their devices in that days to locking win8 devices know...
Even there is phone call recorded where MS top executives talking about EVIL WAR against netscape...
Bill gates was questioned about that he refused to answer and his reputation damaged many top magazines stated him as the evil doer of tech world..and after that he started all this donating thing to repair his damaged name...
And after 15 years everyone forgot what happened...and started to praise bill gates...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:16 3

36. papss (unregistered)


I stopped reading an 1990... Get over yourself dude. 20 years ago and you are dwelling on it still.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:30

39. shuaibhere (Posts: 1672; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


They're still doing same things...
perhaps you should've read it completely...that'll explain you why microsoft is the most evil tech company!!!!
Single word MONOPOLY...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:06 3

59. papss (unregistered)


You mean like Apple, Sammy or even you tube?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:17

61. shuaibhere (Posts: 1672; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


No..again you din read...
Apple is happy with profits they don't want everyone to buy their products....one example of that ios was ruling the smartphone world if it was microsoft others wouldn't have a chance to enter market...just like in PC world..
Youtube is ruling online video streaming but it never compelled it competitors....
Same goes for samsung...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:44

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Bye bye nokia... I will not remember you for long but I will remember that once I owned n82, 6233, 6300 and few more which I forget... RIP and plz plz dont ever come back again with any of your ugly phone

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:13 1

63. mmmanuuu (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


At first Nokia got attracted to Microsoft. Nokia moved in with MS. They got married. Then MS engulfed poor Nokia. End of the story.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:15 4

2. QuadFace (Posts: 80; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Welcome back Nokia on a big way with onother name, i wish you success.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:16 3

3. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i bet if they changed the "nokia" label on the front of the device,

Hell shall be released upon microsoft

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:19 2

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Is that a typo? And sweet Nokia + Microsoft = awesome

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:20 1

8. aayupanday (Posts: 527; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I Wanted a Pureview Android Device from them but that wish wasn't fulfilled.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:21 2

9. mokhtar (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


No :'( .. Just no :s .. Still Nokia the best and the big name in mobiles world .. wish they keep the logo of nokia on smartphones .. or the name of the company
Btw i just bought a nokia lumia 1020 .. and it's just phenomenal .. Phenoomenaal

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:22

10. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


R.I.P NOKIA...you're always remembered

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:33 7

14. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Nokia is not dead...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:40 1

18. ihavenoname (Posts: 1519; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


True, the network side of the Nokia is alive and doing well in Finland and thanks to selling the unprofitable cell phone side, they have no problems. Unfortunately cellphone side is gone and soon is Nokia branding also.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:07

23. nokia12 (Posts: 350; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


no Nokia branding isn't going anywhere only feature phones will loose nokia branding..

Ms cannot use name Nokia on its smartphones

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:56 1

29. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Nokia phones are dead

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:32 10

13. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


For the 999999th time,

Nokia is not dead
Nokia doest belong to Microsoft
Microsoft bought a division from Nokia

Is there really the need for those misleading headlines ?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:36 5

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 2057; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You are right, but people know Nokia, consumers that is, because of their phone division. Not because they sold 3g towers to carriers...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:04 1

21. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


so what about educating just a little bit the consumers ? instead of wrong headlines and comments to keep the world "stupid"

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:02

31. shuaibhere (Posts: 1672; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That wouldn't help...
because people love nokia phones...
They don't care about nokia carrier or whatever it is...
Good luck for MS to sell smartphones with microsoft oy, mobile whateva it is...
people here buy lumia not because of wp but because of brand NOKIA..

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:44

40. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


sure you responded to the right comment ?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:49

42. shuaibhere (Posts: 1672; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yeah..I'm sure..first part was reply.. Second part was my opinion...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:57 5

20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'm excited for the future. Nokia hardware plus MS software = Win. I'm waiting for newer WPs from Nokia and MS. The future looks bright. :)

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:18 1

37. papss (unregistered)


I couldn't agree more.. m$ + Nokia hardware are perfect.

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