Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia to close some time in April, delayed because of Asian regulators


All signs show that Microsoft's purchase of Nokia won't be finalized until April. The Redmond-based software giant has already received approval for the deal from the regulatory institutions in 15 markets worldwide, including the European Commission and the U.S. DoJ. However, some additional anti-thrust regulators in Asia need to give the acquisition a go-ahead signal.

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

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17 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Just look at those two evil faces, Trojan Flop and Money Mortimer. Nokia is ruined by them, that is just evil.

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i wish i could give you 100 thumbs up well said totally agree

3. papss unregistered

I can't wait until its finally completed to see what they come up with on future phones.

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

relying on ms to bring what, they cant and are not bothred to fix wp let alone bring good future phones its nokia whose pushing the boundaries not lazy ms or else wp is good platform like ios and android but totally ruined by wp the platform not having features

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

He means what MS will do with Zombia's corpse. Basically it adds a whole new dynamic to MS being late to the party, but this time with even more hardware as well as software being 2-3 years behind actual innovators. WP was just the beginning, with this acquisition they will can be 2-3 years behind in wearable tech and possibly whatever else comes along, the possibilities are endless really.

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

MS wasn't late to the party, WP was. If MS would have kept WinMobile updated, they would have had more market share then they do right now.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

when did they ever did it was failing it was symbian that was leading they never did never will wp7 wp8 mere marketshare has it been 4 years it shouldve been 25% by know android ios were 30% in 3 years and growing

11. papss unregistered

Your opinion.. I think WP is a good platform.. In fact I think if you take the "app gap" away its as good or better than IOS..

14. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

And that's precisley why Nokia shouldn't go WP. WP is designed to compete with IOS. It tries to fight with Apple for the richest 10-15% of population, and it competes in IOS-like users market. It loses, and attracts only IOS-like users, that can't afford IOS...

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i totally agree papss even i would start to use and be a daily driver, but totally lacks on ftrs

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Nokia can do better with Microsoft than without them. They essentially have access to an unlimited R&D budget to which they can undertake future projects and ambitions that could be highly costly.

5. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Greater things to come for Nokia & MS

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

HA.HA.HA. not sure few week ago or either few month ago, i remember both Nokia and Microsoft announce that no matter how that there is no chance they will delay the merger, and now they come up with this

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

"Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia " in the title is not true. "All signs show that Microsoft's purchase of Nokia" in the first sentence is not true either. Microsoft is not purchasing Nokia, they are purchasing Nokia's Devices and Services division. Nokia will not be owned by Microsoft and has not announced that it (Nokia) is for sale or has been sold to anyone. For the love of all things factual, is it too much to ask for writers to report what has been factually announced, that Microsoft if buying Nokia's Devices and Services division and NOT that Microsoft is buying Nokia? Sigh...so many misleading articles concerning something so easy to write about on so many websites.... As a reader, if this was my first time hearing of this, I would leave this page thinking Microsoft is buying Nokia and that is factually not true.

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Hurry up and close, the best OS and best hardware company on earth in my opinion. From flat design and integration to being focused on cameras and OIS. MS and Nokia has influenced the competition. The general consumer loves WP, features are not a problem for them they don't need 10,000 features to operate their phones they just need a smartphone that works, WP does that. iOS which lack the majority of Android features proves that also. I rather have an OS that aesthetically great, secure,consistent, intuitive, elegant and super smooth than an OS who is super flexible.

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

just install a more powerfull cpu with more cores so everything run fast not smooth, use a a57 or a intel atom then you will see more faster reactions

17. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Move on with the acquisition already

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