Microsoft to complete purchase of Nokia’s hardware biz
Microsoft has announced that it will complete its purchase of the preponderance of Nokia’s hardware assets on Friday. The deal has undergone minor adjustment since its initial formulation.
Initially, the MicrosoftNokia arrangement was expected to be concluded in the first quarter of 2014. International hangups pushed that date into the current quarter. The company announced that they expected the deal to close in April, the current month. They made that target.
What changed in the deal throughout its conclusory proceedings? Microsoft won’t pick up a Korean “manufacturing facility,” 21 Nokia employees that were not part of the original agreement will transfer to Microsoft, and Redmond will “manage the nokia. com domain and social media sites for the benefit of both companies and our customers for up to a year.” All told, these are minor adjustments when stood next to the $7.2bn deal that will see Microsoft essentially hire tens of thousands of Nokia employees.