Sep 03 AT 9:16 AM Jess Blanchard 5 Comments

Microsoft to purchase Nokia’s devices and services arms


While you were sleeping, Microsoft was making big moves. Perhaps spurred by the seeming success of the Moto X, Microsoft has announced it aims to acquire Nokia, the largest producer of Windows Phone devices. Microsoft is set to shell out $4.99 billion (3.79 billion euros) for the company and $2.18 billion (1.65 billion euros) for Nokia’s menagerie of patents.

CEO Steve Ballmer made the following announcement at press time:

It's a bold step into the future - a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft's share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services.Steve BallmerMicrosoft

Approximately 32,000 Nokia employees will come over with the newly acquired company, as will rights to Nokia’s Asha line of feature phones. Microsoft hopes that the acquisition will not only drive growth for Windows Phone, but protect its future. The tech company admits that a more impressive lineup is necessary if the company hopes to compete with the likes of Apple and Google in the smartphone arena. Microsoft hopes to boost its smartphone share to 15 percent (more than four times what it has now) by 2018. As it stands, approval of the merger is expected by the end of 2014.

Source: engadget

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  • BeatBlaster

    Elop’s gonna be CEO!

  • Nokia CEO

    Nokia is such a crap

  • DS

    1) put your pocket CEO into a leading company
    2) sink it to lower the cost
    3) acquire remnants
    4) profit

    Nokia are such dumbasses to allow that to happen.

  • Andy_jr

    Elop was a Trojan Horse. His mission was to sink Nokia from the inside, to make it cheap enough for Microsoft to buy. We saw this one coming from a mile away.

    He went from Microsoft to Nokia, signed up for Windows Phone before it was ready, cancelled its existing OSes prematurely, and sent out memos disparaging his own company (Nokia, not Microsoft). Sure enough, Nokia’s market share tanked, and so did it’s stock price.

    Voila! Elop is back at Microsoft with Nokia in the bag.

  • donger

    About time they got cozy together.