Microsoft has confirmed that the acquisition of the division of Nokia devices and services will be finished this Friday, April 25. With the deal, Microsoft hopes to increase adoption of smartphones with Windows Phone and offer their services to more people. The purchase was announced in September last year in a deal that, adding the handset division with patents the Finnish, reached the equivalent of 17 billion reais.
Approximately 32 000 Nokia employees will join the 99,000 Microsoft employees. Not just the division of Nokia smartphones was acquired, but also the business of the simplest cell, which includes the Asha line. In a statement, the Redmond company says it hopes to “provide services for Microsoft’s next billion customers through mobile from Nokia.”
Between the announcement of the acquisition and the finalization of the agreement, there were some changes. The business originally did not involve managing online resources, but the two companies have agreed that Microsoft is who will be responsible for managing the domain nokia.com Nokia channels and social networks for up to a year.
21 officials from China, developing mobile and continue working at Nokia, will be transferred to Microsoft. In addition, the facilities of the Finnish factory in South Korea, which would become a property of Microsoft with completion of the deal, are not in agreement and will remain with Nokia.
Do not expect the Nokia brand disappears from mobile stores soon. The agreement provides for the transfer of the brands Lumia and Asha for Microsoft, in addition to licensing the Nokia brand over the next 10 years – a brand owned by Nokia, however, remains the Finns.