Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone business to be finally closed on April 25

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone business to be finally closed on April 25

Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s Devices & Services business is finally going to be closed this month - at least that’s what Nokia announced today, saying that it expects the deal to be closed later this week, on April 25. According to the company, the transaction "is now subject only to certain customary closing conditions."

Just yesterday, we told you that, once the transaction is closed, “the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy.” This means that Nokia will no longer exist as a company that makes phones - after more than two decades in which it has been at the forefront of mobile innovation.

The acquisition of Nokia's phone division by Microsoft was first announced in September 2013, shocking many people - much like Nokia’s adoption of Windows Phone had shocked the tech world back in early 2011.

As pretty much every other business, the smartphone industry is a tough one. You need to either adapt, or die, and Nokia, as a phone maker, chose to become a part of Microsoft in order to avoid the latter. It remains to be seen what this will mean throughout the following years.

source: Nokia

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52 Comments

1. express77 unregistered

I remembered that day.

22. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

The day the USA once again had two phone manufacturers. Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo and a legendary US cellular manufacturer is becoming a Chinese company. Now a legendary Finnish cellular manufacturer is becoming an American company under Microsoft's ownership. It's like musical chairs. But if you had told me back in the Palm Pre days that Palm wouldn't be around anymore, Motorola would be Chinese, and Microsoft would be the only other American phone manufacturer besides Apple I would have laughed you off this planet.

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Only one wrong decision can makes wrong turn. In 2011. It was wrong decision by flop.

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"You need to either adapt, or die, and Nokia chose to become a part of Microsoft in order to avoid the latter" And it accelerated the latter. Whatsmore, its not Nokia that chose to adopt WP. It was a decision taken by Microsoft Employee, first foreign CEO of Nokia, Nokia's nemesis, Stephen Elop. Nokia is not the same anymore. Lots of Nokia employees left the company, one of the prominent of which is , Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's product design head. Really hope Nokia is back making devices in 2016, when the contract with Microsoft on usage of name, is over.

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Just have some hope, I'm dam sure that in 2016 Nokia will come back. Just 2 years.

18. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

People said the same thing about 2012 and 2013 in 2011 (first Nokia WP). Nokia has already made it's comeback, but not as the same as it was long time ago.

25. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

If they did proper android phones alongside with the Lumia lineup from the start,they would be way better.

29. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

That time Nokia announced masterpiece N9. That's why people said that, but they ditched meego and went in wp. Wp let down Nokia. That time Nokia should have been choose android, instead wp.

38. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Honestly I don't get why everyone thinks Android would have saved Nokia. If Nokia is something special than people would have brought Nokia phones regardless. I don't see a typical android user like myself buying a Nokia just cause when Samsung is cheaper. I think they made the right choice in choosing microsoft as a partner.

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

If Marko Ahtisaari was really pivotal on Nokia's great build quality and industrial design why hasn't a competing company scooped him up? Imagine if Asus or Acer, or maybe one of the Chinese firms scooped him up. This would be great news.

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

D*mn that MS, because of their secret agent(Elop), the legendary N-Series and E-Series are no longer exist.

33. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Word. April 25 will now be officially a sad day...

39. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

the N and E series died a long time ago. Lumia will still exist, if anything now they have more cash and closer relationship with the OS team.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm excited for the future. Nokia & MS collaboration will be great for the already wonderful platform, i.e. WP.

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

They need to revive the E-Series because WP and E-Series is a perfect combination. And also l missed the elegant design on the E-Series.

20. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Still waiting for that to happen. Just love the E-series handsets from NOKIA...

26. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

They should make one of them for android and the other one for wp

49. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes!.. Now Lumia devices will be even better, and MS will be able to get them into the hands of more people.. This is the best thing to ever happen to Lumia devices, and WP.... Now, give me WP8.5/WP9.0! This is seriously good news for consumers because they finally will get a new platform to be excited about... Because iDroid is running it's course, and the excitement is wearing of big time..

5. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Nokia Corporation will continue to exist Microsoft is buying Nokia Oyj (Nokia Corporation devices division) , not Nokia Corporation.

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Exactly.... For like the millionth time, Microsoft is NOT buying Nokia! It really is a shame. Microsoft and Nokia have been crystal clear as to what the deal entails yet writers keep saying Microsoft is buying Nokia. Come on writers, get it together!

8. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Not really the same though. When most people think of Nokia, they think of their phones, not necessarily their services. Still, as long as the Corporation continues to exist, they can build smart phones after a few years and get back into the market should they decide to.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Yeah but without device and service bussiness, they almost have no power now.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

11. Beijendorf unregistered

Actually, without the Devices & Services division, they are now a very profitable company with one of the largest networking divisions in the world. They also have a very successful research division, and a massive patent portfolio. Essentially what Nokia did was shed the burden of a non-profitable bloated division to ensure a brighter future for their other divisions.

40. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Agreed, Nokia will be much stronger now. I think the phone market is dying down. If someone has a Galaxy S4/S5 why would they upgrade to a new phone (if they could even afford too).

12. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Well, we're obviously saying that Microsoft is only buying Nokia's phone division, and that "Nokia will no longer exist as a company that makes phones." So, yes, we do know that Microsoft isn't acquiring Nokia Corporation altogether.

34. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

No offense, but you were not exactly clear about the fact that Microsoft is only purchasing Nokia's D&S, and not Nokia itself. Nokia's new business model (NSN) is doing just fine, and the company is due to reap new profits derived from the telecom industry. No more phones doesn't mean the end of Nokia, but it is certainly marks end of a particular era that saw many of the top smartphone industry giants fall victim to Apple, and then Google. We'll see if good ol' Microsoft can give em' a run for their money. My guess is that the competition is about to get even more intense (good for consumers!).

37. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yet you then go to say "Nokia chose to become a part of Microsoft in order to avoid the latter". Nokia is not becoming a part of Microsoft. Come on Florin.....own up to the fact that what you wrote has contradictory statements. One moment, Microsoft is buying Nokia's Devices and Services business (true) the next, Microsoft is buying Nokia (false). You say you know that Microsoft is only buying Nokia's phone division yet you write that Nokia is beginning a part of Microsoft? It's unfair to readers to have to police articles for clarity and accuracy. We should find clarity in the journalism just by reading the article. You are making us work man! :) In the end, we like PA and we are just trying to protect the integrity of the site. I don't want to feel like I have to get my news from another site because I can't trust the accuracy of the information I read here.

51. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

its nothing new we love nokia we dont like wp

52. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Deaconclgi: all right, you do have a point there. So now it's "Nokia, as a phone maker, chose to become a part of Microsoft." I hope this clears everything, and no one will finish reading the article with the impression that Microsoft bought Nokia entirely.

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