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

46. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

And here it comes, the end of an era...

44. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I'm going to give this new Microsoft Mobile division the benefit of the doubt. With the two now working much closer together, we may see some great innovations. Here's to hoping that's what happens.

36. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Anyone who blames MS for what happen is grossly ill informed and needs a history lesson, judging by the comments here there are quite a few who needs to attend classes.

43. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Seriously some of these idiots will blame everyone but Nokia. Microsoft saved the Mobile division and now the rest of Nokia is profitable. Maybe if the Phone market keeps growing, Nokia can get back in.

35. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The Android fanboys once again over running the MS articles, they obviously have little idea of what they are talking about. WP is an excellent platform and it has a very bright future ahead. The Android fanboys will only be happy when an Android monoculture exists. Classic examples of haters will hate. The bash the MS company who inspired their favorite Google/ Apple to change their design language, ungrateful people.

28. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

no more N and E series....shame ! those good old days... i remember how exited people were for N95 ... they were they guys who pushed the business not apple , not Samsung ... now , i really don't see the reason for migrating to WP , android is just better,,,

31. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yep... it really is the end of an era. I had an N75, an E62, an E75, even an N800, so I remember the N and E-series days well. Now there won't be any more Nokia's at all.

45. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

During their heyday, the N and E series phones were the very best on the market! It's a real shame that we will most likely never see an N or E series handset again. It would be great if the N and E series names were included in future Lumias, with the N for multimedia and the E for enterprise, just like the good old days.

50. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

That would have been kind of cool to have the N and E-series names back again. The more I see of Windows Phone 8.1, the more I am liking it. Android is a good first choice for me right now, but WP is becoming a stable second choice and getting better. I was really hoping at one point that BB10 would become a force to be reckoned with, but that doesn't seem to have materialized as yet. I am not happy that Nokia is going bye bye, but I'll be keeping a watchful eye on Microsoft Mobile Oy.

27. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Welcome to the Brave New World of Microsoft Mobile -- where formerly proud independent Finnish people now swear their allegiance to the evil masters of Microsoft and their quest to dominate the world with the Windows monoculture.

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You can be a president. Good speech.

24. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I know I don't like the idea of having a Microsoft branded phone... somehow.

42. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Who cares, it's a company. If they make good ones, good. if the make bad ones avoid them. Phone Fanboyism is as bad as video game fanboys.

19. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I hope they don't drop Nokia branding on devices and go for Microsoft branding......

48. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

We all know it's just a matter of time before seeing the Microsoft brand name on the back of future lumias ..

16. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I wonder how many people have left Nokia since Elop took over...

17. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I remember when I was a kid everybody had a nokia, and only a nokia.. the last few years all I see are apples and samsungs ... I just don't know what went wrong ...

23. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Nokia rode the Symbian horse too long then picked Windows Phone. If Nokia had on the market right now a Lumia 1020 with Kit Kat on it I'd own one of those instead of my Note 3 right this second. I naturally would probably have moved to a Lumia 930 on Android once it was released. Nokia's hardware was never the problem. It was the lack of ecosystem with their Symbian phones that slowly killed them.

41. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

You might have but I wouldn't. Samsung would still make hardware-wise supperior phones. Honestly the only time I have ever considered getting a Nokia Phone is because of possible switch to Windows Phone.

47. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I remember they built durable and fast devices, I guess it all started with apple releasing a full touch slim (at the time) phone, while nokia didn't really come up with a good contender to counter this move, then enter google and android which seriously adopted the full touch idea, my opinion is that nokia should have adopted the os from the beginning instead of symbian, as android is an advanced os for everyone, nokia is a company for the rich and poor, young and old .. instead they allowed a huge company with an endless budget to come and take it all ..

14. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmao at all what these few years brought to nokia

13. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Gut wrenching !!!! :'(

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: 318; 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.

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