This information was disclosed by Brad Smith, the General Counsel and Executive VP with Microsoft. In his words, the Redmond giant is “as excited as ever to welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business officially as part of the Microsoft family”. He expects the cumbersome process of approving the merger to be finalized some time in April. Brad Smith also says that the takeover will further stimulate Microsoft's “mobile-first, cloud-first imperatives”.
Yesterday we told you that Taiwan was among the first Asian countries to approve the Microsoft-Nokia deal. However, this particular approval comes with a twist – Nokia's standard-essential patents have to be licensed under FRAND conditions and the Finnish manufacturer can't raise the licensing fees for its already-granted patents any further.
source: Microsoft, Nokia via Pocket-lint