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Microsoft to buy Nokia phones unit

amjath

Human Spambot
Was expecting, gonna happen

Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy "substantially all" of Nokia's mobile-phone business for 5.4bn euro ($7.2bn; £4.6bn).

The deal will also see Nokia license its patents to Microsoft.

Nokia, once a global leader in the mobile phone market, has struggled in recent times amid increased competition from rivals such as Samsung and Apple.

The transaction is subject to approval by Nokia shareholders and regulatory approvals.

"We believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders," said Risto Siilasmaa, chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors.
BBC News - Microsoft to buy Nokia phones unit
 

lywyre

Cyborg Agent
Oh dear. What we feared. When Nokia shifted to Windows, it was the best that could have happened to MS, but at the same time it was the worst for Nokia. This is even worse. I was hoping Nokia would look in to other directions as well, but sadly the Trojan horse that Stephen Elop is, has made sure his mission is a success.
 

theterminator

Wise Old Owl
1st Motorola NOW Nokia maybe next apple

all falled against Samsung's marketing strategy

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Samsung has failed miserably with their S4. Apple is on top as the most valuable company & you think its failing?

I think
Oh man, now MS will get in Elop land

Its a good strategy by MS since they failed with their endeavour in devices field via Surface Tablet. So, seeing Nokia as an established player & the most selling Windows Phone , it was like inevitable to see this because Nokia is failing miserably in all other devices running Symbian & they were getting more vulnerable. Nevertheless, its good for both companies.
 

heidi2521

Padawan


This move makes sense though. MS and Nokia are both floundering in the mobile market but now with better integration and MS having a lot of excellent veterans in hardware design they'll be able to make phones with better software and hardware unification It also helps the branding. Instead of having to push two brands (Lumia and Windows Phone) they will only have to push one (Microsoft). It will also give MS direct access to Nokias distribution channels allowing them to push their hardware the way they want to.

Considering that Nokia had said that they could start making Android phones this move also functions as a defensive move by MS. They would be losing out one of the core advantages the WP line (the hardware design) had over most android devices if Nokia did that.

All hail Digia for acquiring QT before this transaction happened.
 

Flash

Lost in speed
Though it will be good for both companies, a little bad for consumers.
With Nokia in Microsoft's hands, they will surely focus on promoting WP when it comes to new phone models, rather than Asha/Symbian/other s40 devices, IMO.
 

sujoyp

Grand Master
this was bound to happen ....google buy motorola, HP buys palm, microsoft buy Nokia, Lenovo buy HTC ...rumors says blackberry is on sale and taking bids ....

Its cold corporate world out there :D
 

theterminator

Wise Old Owl
this was bound to happen ....google buy motorola, HP buys palm, microsoft buy Nokia, Lenovo buy HTC ...rumors says blackberry is on sale and taking bids ....

yup,that's pretty much on .. BlackBerry is for SALE. Who'll buy them?

Though it will be good for both companies, a little bad for consumers.
With Nokia in Microsoft's hands, they will surely focus on promoting WP when it comes to new phone models, rather than Asha/Symbian/other s40 devices, IMO.

man, Symbian sucks now. Nokia's non-Windows Phone devices (especially touchscreen) are like waiting to be thrown into dustbin.
 
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amjath

amjath

Human Spambot
I am sure Nokia will ditch symbian soon and have WP in all ranges except for entry phones
 

sankar

Broken In
Microsoft will now make the portable devices.
Nokia as mobile maker is now dead. get ready for microsoft mobiles.
 

sujoyp

Grand Master
I am sure Nokia will ditch symbian soon and have WP in all ranges except for entry phones

symbian?? nokia didnt launch any symbian handset after pureview 1 yr back ...and sold the symbian development to Accenture ...and fired the symbian team
 
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