In a major development, IT giant Microsoft has decided to acquire Nokia’s device and services business for worth $5 billion and also control the mobile maker’s patents and mapping assets for another $2.17 billion. The total deal, which comes at $7.17 billion, is seen as a win-win situation for employees and stakeholders of both companies.
The deal is expected to close in the Q1 of 2014. Microsoft has taken a step further to become a devices and services company with this huge deal. Apart from the smartphone business, Microsoft will also take over Nokia’s mobile phone business, which includes the Asha series and other low-cost feature phones.
“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,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer.
“In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”
“Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft’s software engineering with the best of Nokia’s product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing,” said Stephen Elop, who following today’s announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. “With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products.”