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Microsoft/Nokia deal approved by the European Commission

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Microsoft/Nokia deal approved by the European Commission
When an acquisition is as massive as Microsoft's $7.17 billion deal to purchase Nokia's mobile and services division, it has to work its way through various regulatory bodies around the world before it can become official. As something of a double-edged sword for Microsoft, because it has a minority standing (albeit growing) in the mobile world, approval has been coming fairly quickly.

Just a few days ago, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the deal; and now, the European Commission has also applied its stamp of approval to Microsoft's plans. The Commission said about the acquisition that "the overlap of the two companies' activities in this area is minimal and several strong rivals, such as Samsung and Apple will continue to compete with the merged entity." It went on to say that it didn't expect Microsoft to restrict access to Windows Phone or any Microsoft apps for 3rd party hardware makers.

Presumably, just like the Google/Motorola deal, the next step is approval in China, and then the pathway will be clear for the purchase to be finalized. Microsoft and Nokia expect to be able to close the deal in early 2014. 

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:47 4

1. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Only makes sense, if they all approved the buyout of Motorola, no reason not to accept this as well.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:01 5

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Awesome news for Nokia, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Asha devices, and consumers who seek a quality, intuitive, trouble free smartphone experience..
I'm glad I've supported WP, Microsoft, and Nokia form the beginning.. Its paying off just as I suspected.. Great❕

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:37 2

13. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I'm quite interested in knowing what 'pay off' you get for this deal. As I can see it, you'll continue to get Nokia calibre devices, just with a Microsoft label on them instead. Otherwise, I suspect the course will continue as it has with no percetible benefit to you, the consumer.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:05

15. o0Exia0o (Posts: 399; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


I thank that you will figure out what he precives his "pay off" is if you scroll down and read comments 5-14. Apparently the only pay off he needs is an OS who is far behind others so that he can blindly troll around to make himself fell better that just because he does not have acccess to the apps or resources that almost everyone else has at lest he still has his small peace of the smart phone pie so that he can troll around and try to make himself seem bigger than what he is just like his Windows phone OS.

YES I AM CALLING HIM, RODNEYEJ1, A MORONIC MINDLESS TROLL!

\/\/ INSERT ANGRY TROLL COMMENT HERE! \/\/

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:45

3. ZeroCide (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I think its all systems go now. Nokia,EUC,and DOJ all approved.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:47

4. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


So China is the last center of resistance and the only remaining hope?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:12

7. papss (unregistered)


Right... keep hoping. The land of the copiers wont do a thing.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 21:41 5

5. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Before it was like oh my god. Nooooo. Not Nokia. But now it's like it's inevitable. So.... congrats Microsoft.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:36 1

6. o0Exia0o (Posts: 399; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Yes it was a brilliant move on Microsofts part to plant Elop there to bring Nokia down far enough for them to get it at the price they did.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:47

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Get over it dude, get a life.. Take up gardening or something.. But, quit bit#hing about the same old thing..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:23

10. o0Exia0o (Posts: 399; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


As I don't recall ever mentioning this before (at least if I have I don't remember so fell free to post the link where I have to remind me) or making a comment like this, I would say that that was fairly uncalled for. Just speaking the my opinion of the situation. If you don't like my opinion then rebuttal what I said and we can debate this like grown ups. Otherwise don't open your mouth and move on.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:16

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 399; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


In fact I will start it off myself. Ill admit that my comment might have been made in poor judgment. Fact of the matter is that while Elop may have had a hand in bringing down Nokia he was not the only factor. Nokia's board of directors were the ones that installed him as CEO of Nokia. The BOD (Board of directors) also had a say in the direction that Nokia took with regard to Windows phone. I believe (and this is my opinion) that had Nokia also looked in to other another OS (such as Android like they were rumored to have done) that Nokia would not have been in the dire straights that it is in now. Nokia's build quality is the stuff of dreams in the smart phone world and could (again in my opinion) have COMPLETELY CRUSHED Samsung while still having offering lower specs at a cheaper, more competitive price.

I understand why Microsoft has taken the stance to buy Nokia like they did, Nokia is 90% or more of the Windows phone market and loosing Nokia to Android or another OS would have possibly been the end of Windows phone. Nokia is Microsoft's Bread, Butter, T-bone steak, Apple pie, ect, ect, ect, ect..... With out Nokia there may very well not have been the Windows phone that we have today. And while it may have a few generations before Nokia would have been profitable I do believe it would have been possible.

I would have much rather have given my money to the Finns than the Koreans any day. I always dreamed of an Android phone with Nokia's build quality but alas that seems to be nothing but a pipe dream.

Balls in your court..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:36

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Oh, I'm sorry.. You didn't understand me the first time.. Here, I'll reword it for you.. Quit whining about the same thing... I hope that helps you.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:48

14. o0Exia0o (Posts: 399; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


AH! Your right I did not understand you the first time. I had you confused for someone who had moderate amount of intelligence who could provide a halfwit conversation to explain his side or views. I now see the error in my ways and I will leave you to your trolling sir. Again sorry I mistook you for for something your not.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:13

8. papss (unregistered)


Im glad for m$ and us fans

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