Newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Bill Gates, were among those initially opposed to former CEO Steve Ballmer’s proposal to acquire Nokia’s handset business, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report today looking behind the scenes at what led to the eventual $7.2 billion acquisition.More
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Nokia, whose phone business is soon to become part of Microsoft, introduced its first Android-based smartphone today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The Nokia X line of phones — which include the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL — is based on Google’s Android operating system, meaning the phones will run Android apps and that it should be relatively easy for developers to port their Android apps to the Nokia Store.More
Nokia, whose Devices & Services business is expected to become part of Microsoft soon, reported a big slide in its its fiscal fourth quarter results today. Probably most worrisome to Microsoft, Nokia’s Devices & Services division, which Nokia labeled as “discontinued operations” in its earnings report, saw a sales slide of 29 percent, going from…More
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…More
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved, without conditions, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, according to Microsoft.
Regulators in India, Russia, Israel and Turkey have already approved the acquisition.More
Microsoft’s move to acquire Nokia’s phone business moved another step closer to completion as Nokia shareholders voted today to approve the deal.
John Stoll, Stockholm bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, tweeted this morning:
Microsoft, you got your wish. Nokia shareholders green light $7B handset deal at meeting in Helsinki.
— John Stoll (@johndstoll) November 19, 2013
The vote came at a extraordinary meeting of shareholders held today in Helsinki.More
Nokia, whose phone business is being acquired by Microsoft, is reporting some good news about its Lumia line of Windows Phones. The Finnish phone-maker reports that its third-quarter shipments of Lumia phones has increased 19 percent quarter-on-quarter to 8.8 million units. Year-over-year, Lumia volume rose 203 percent, up from 2.9 million units shipped in the third quarter…More
At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi earlier today, Nokia announced its first Lumia tablet — the Lumia 2520 — and two 6-inch Windows Phone phablets — the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.
My Seattle Times story on that announcement is here.
And here’s a quick rundown of the new devices:More
The Bellevue Square store will be among 10 Microsoft Stores hosting a midnight launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, which are scheduled for release on Oct. 22.More
In case you missed it, here’s my first-day story on Microsoft’s $7 billion purchase of Nokia’s handset business, which includes parts of an interview I had with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia Chairman and Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa. The story (which is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times today) didn’t have…More