Letter to Nokia customers says deal with Microsoft will close this month

Letter to Nokia customers says deal with Microsoft will close this month
Nokia customers have received a letter from Nokia and Microsoft, concerning the ownership of their data. The letter mentions that the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division will close sometime this month. Microsoft says that it promises to collect information only for the same reasons that Nokia did, and also said that it would safely guard the personal data that is being turned over to it by Finnish based Nokia.

Microsoft is starting up a new division to house the Nokia assets it has acquired, called Microsoft Mobile. By creating a totally new division, Microsoft keeps open the possibility that it could spin off the business down the road. Nokia will continue to run HERE maps, and will hold on to personal information related to that business.

As we pointed out Wednesday, there probably will be one revision to the deal, as the Chennai factory in India might not be released by the Indian government in time for it to be included among the Nokia assets going to Redmond. The Indian government claims that Nokia owes it for back taxes related to the sale of Lumia phones in the country. Nokia recently offered early retirement for the 8000 workers who have been unable to work at the factory. As far as the deal goes, Nokia might have to accept $1 billion less than the $7.2 billion it was to receive from Microsoft, to make up for the Chennai factory. Microsoft was expected to use the factory in the production of Lumia phones.

You can read the letter sent to Nokia customers, below.


source: WindowsPhoneApps (translated) via WMPoweruser

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