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January 5, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Microsoft Nokia 215, at $29, targets new internet users

The Nokia 215 (Photo: Microsoft)

The Nokia 215 (Photo: Microsoft)

Microsoft, facing an uphill battle in the fiercely competitive U.S. and European smartphone markets, continues to target consumers not ready to pay for a powerhouse device.

The company on Monday unveiled the Nokia 215, an internet-capable basic phone at prices starting at just $29.

Microsoft said the phone will be available in select markets in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe (so, candidates include the entire world save the Americas) in the first three months of 2015.

“We see an inspiring opportunity to connect the next billion people to the Internet for the first time,” Jo Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices Group, said.

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April 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

25,000 Nokia workers become Microsoft employees as deal closes

As expected, Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Finland-based Nokia’s handset business closed today.

Microsoft will now add to its payroll 25,000 Nokia employees working in more than 130 sites in 50 countries, many in the handset maker’s factories worldwide.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO/now Microsoft Executive Vice President of Devices Stephen Elop (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO, now Microsoft Executive Vice President of Devices Stephen Elop (Photo from Microsoft)

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April 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Microsoft reports third quarter earnings today, ahead of Nokia deal closure

Microsoft reports its fiscal third quarter earnings today, a day ahead of the expected closure of Microsoft’s deal to acquire Nokia’s handset business.

CEO Satya Nadella is scheduled to be on the earnings conference call today, which will be webcast starting at 2:30 p.m. During the call, Nadella may also address the Nokia deal.

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