U.S Department of Justice approves Microsoft/Nokia deal

U.S Department of Justice approves Microsoft/Nokia deal
It looks like Microsoft isn't going to have too difficult a time in getting through its massive purchase of Nokia's mobile devices and services business. The boards each voted through the $7.2 billion acquisition, and now the governmental review process is moving along quite well. Just a couple days ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) approved the deal "unconditionally".

Both the Motorola acquisition and the Waze acquisition by Google brought much slower approval processes as investigations took place. But, Microsoft doesn't have Google's standing in the mobile market, so its purchase of Nokia hasn't gotten the same scrutiny it seems. The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Competition released a notification of the DoJ approval today, although the approval actually came through on November 29th.

In a prepared statement, a Microsoft spokesman said:


source: FTC via ZDNet

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16 Comments

16. deviantirish79

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I don't doubt that this merge will bring great new devices from MS and Nokia. My biggest fear is what will Microsoft do with the patent portfolio that they are acquiring? Apple and Microsoft have it out hard for Google. Google's purchase of Motorola is blocked from Google being able to use the patents to fight off or use against competitors. But the recent Apple and Microsoft purchased patent portfolio's are not blocked from being used against Google. ( No I am not biased. I have an iPad, Android Tablet, and a Surface. All are great quality and work great in different areas.)

5. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

the most important part when the deal closed in 2014: both teams going to work together on ONE update and ONE release date, unlike now we have to wait for Microsoft to finish their update development then we have to wait again for nokia to finish with their update development then we will get the update -.-

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That would be nice.

15. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

ya but its going to take a while before they organize them selves as one team

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nokia will be a lot stronger now. Watch out for wp9

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Most definitely❕ Thanks for the positive message..

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tons of potential in that platform dude.

9. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Never ever will Nokia come back! With WP, it will go nowhere: "stagnate" . Majority of consumers prefer an "open source" Apple is successful, cause of it's embelem, not cause of the device. Nokia does not stance this. So no it won't get stronger, but will "fail" yet again like it did with WindowsMobile and WP7......

10. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I really gonna miss Nokia. Does no one in Finland have the power to stop this deal?

12. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I love Nokia 2, but that Elop......destroyed and killed Nokia.

13. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

username, go find a brain... WP8 is rapidly gaining in popularlity, and virtually all of the major apps are available for this platform now. Also, you don't get the horrid malware that plague Android users, and WP8 offers more flexibility and value when compared to iOS.

14. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"WP8 is rapidly gaining in popularlity" Its not WP8. Its Nokia thats gaining popularity:http://www.gsmarena.com/90_of_all_shipped_wp8_devices_are_nokia_lumia-news-7008.php

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Great news❕.. I can't wait to see how MS/Nokia continues to make great Lumia devices, and improves the WP OS.. This is great news, once again for all WP fans..

1. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As Microsoft has already announced it will move a portion of it's brass to the current HQ in Finland to as opposed to bringing their brass here, I am very hopeful that MS will allow the Nokia engineers and developers to continue to do what they are good at: Develop hardware that is on par to any in the world, and develop for WP specifically. After the purchase of Skype, MS allowed them to still function as a seperate entitiy, but under the umbrella of a company owned by MS. Hopefully, we see the Nokia division work the same, just more close to WP and Windows software development.

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This is a great model. Just let them do what they know how to do and not reinvent the wheel.... you might break it.

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I greatly agree❕

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