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

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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86 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

4. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

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

17. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

so happy that Mr.flop is finally out of Nokia.. 2016 we are waiting for you.. common Nokia .. its time to build again..

82. express77 unregistered

But RIP Microsoft's Xbox and Tablet division.

84. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

5. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

12. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

oh god, not this again...

28. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

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

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

44. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

52. panjgoori

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

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

57. papss unregistered

No Nokia killed it.. the board killed it

70. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

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

73. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

75. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

71. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

76. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

78. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

34. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

48. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

74. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

79. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

7. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 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

11. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

relax dude relax! lol...

19. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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!

35. papss unregistered

Funny guy eh? You got jokes

45. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

53. panjgoori

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

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

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

25. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

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