外文标题：Microsoft to acquire Nokia's handset business for $7.2bn
HELSINKI: Microsoft Corp on Tuesday said it would buy Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.44 billion euros, and the Finnish firm said its CEO, Stephen Elop, would join Microsoft when the transaction closed.
Finland's Nokia, once the undisputed leader in mobile phones, has been struggling to respond to the challenge from smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung.
Analysts say Elop's bold bet in 2011 to adopt Microsoft's untested Windows Phone software has yet to pay off.
The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 and is subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders and regulatory approvals. Nokia partnered in 2011 with Microsoft and uses Microsoft's Windows software to run its mobile phones.
"It's a bold step into the future - a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies," Microsoft's outgoing CEO, Steve Ballmer, said in a statement.
"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."
Nokia said in a statement it expected that Elop, along with senior executives Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber, would transfer to Microsoft when the deal was concluded. It did not say what roles they would take at Microsoft.
Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa would take over CEO duties while the Finnish firm looked for a new CEO, it said.
Elop, a Canadian hired by Nokia in 2010 from Microsoft, has been one of the favourites to take over as Microsoft chief when Ballmer steps down.
Rajesh Kumar (Bangalore)
Now the real battle of the big boys will begin - Apple, Microsoft and Samsung.
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kanungo.sudhansu (Location) replies to Rajesh Kumar
While Apple & MS will provide good quality stuffs, SAMSUNG will copy and provide the cheap quality fone. It will attract people only thru the Advertisement & we ll b lured.
Raju (La Palma CA)
Best path for Nokia in passing the head ache to MS.
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Romi (singapore) replies to Raju
they both need eachother microsoft will now get into mobile biz
secular radical (Unknown)
A profitable move for Nokia, I guess. A few years ago Nokia was THE mobile brand!
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nipun jain (Rewari)
End of an era in mobile industry. They were used to be so good when smartphones hadn't started.
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microsoft will die soon sooner than imagine
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H K TOMAR (Gurgaon)
Hope, Microsoft may revive Nokia in future...
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Anurag Nayanapally (Warrensburg, Missouri)
I still don't understand how's Skype worth more than Nokia?
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debasish rout (bhubaneswar)
Great news for nokia fans... hope prices remain the same
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Amrish Puri (NCR)
What a fall for the company which was best seller at one time.
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Great News!!!! Nokia was struggling to get back to top.. Now Microsoft on their side , days will come again with Nokia Handset in every Hand :)
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Common Man (Planet Earth)
Nokia was a leader in Cell Phones But They didn't used Android as they OS and instead got stuck to Symbian which proved to be a big failure ... Even after trying Windows 8, they couldn't do much ... They should have gone for Android ... This could have given them an upper hand ...
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诺基亚曾经是手机业的领袖，然而他们不选择安卓系统，而是坚持用被证明是巨大败笔的塞班系统，尝试Windows 8 也难有大作为。选择安卓才能让他们占上风。
Apple, Samsung, Google (motorola), and now Microsoft (Nokia). So the big-4 to rule the market. Let's see how the Big-4 face the Chinese challenge in the near future. Would be an interesting fight to watch.
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VFor Vendetta (Mumbai)
Nokia collapse...nobody would have imagined it 3-4 years back...
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A.G Rao (chennai)
Nokia is no more . Sad news
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Sanjeev Yadav (Haridwar)
Finally the real battle among Microsoft, Samsung and Apple begins...Still we'll miss Nokia...
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Anil Fernandes (Singapore City)
Now software makers are in phone business.
S Gupta (Vadodara)
NOKIA is a HISTORY now
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Nirmal Jose (Bangalore)
Wow..but this was expected.
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Sreedhar Babu ()
Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion and Nokia for $7.1 billion n I bought Skype for free and Nokia for Rs 3500."
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Sanjeev Verma (Patna)
Whoever be the owner. let's hope Nokia retains its brand name and fame.
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Asr Prasad (Hyderabad)
It will be very difficult to regain it is leader status. Let us hope Microsoft hand strengthen its position.
Prasanjit Maity (Unknown)
this was expected since 2010...but the result will b disaster...nokia&MS will now both sink hand-in-hand