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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

December 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

EU OKs Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia handset business

Two days after the U.S. Department of Justice approved Microsoft’s $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business, EU regulators did the same.

The European Commission approved the deal, saying in a news release:

The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties’ activities and the links between Microsoft’s mobile operating systems, mobile applications and enterprise mail server software with Nokia’s smart mobile devices are unlikely to lead to competitors being shut out from the market.

Microsoft expects the purchase to be finalized early next year.

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