It has been a hard-fought battle since Microsoft first announced intentions to purchase Nokia Devices and Services last September. There have been factory worker strikes in China, tax liens in India and regulatory approvals in 17 countries. All of those issues have been resolved and this week Microsoft has welcomed Nokia Devices and Services to its family.
In the acquisition, the most obvious new division will be the Lumia handsets - most certainly the reason for the acquisition. In addition to the obvious, however, are Nokia Asha and Nokia X handset lines, the latter being announced only recently. Luckily, Microsoft has also licensed Nokia's name for the next decade, meaning Microsoft has plenty of time to figure out what to do with Nokia X.
Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, said,
Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will advance our transformation. Together with our partners, we remain focused on delivering innovation more rapidly in our mobile-first, cloud-first world.
Along with Nokia's hardware division comes Nokia House, Nokia's now former headquarters, which will continue to operate as the Microsoft Mobile offices. Reporting directly to Nadella will be now former Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop, who will become executive vice president of Microsoft Devices Group, which will oversee Nokia/Microsoft devices, Perceptive Pixel (PPI) products, Surface and Xbox hardware, as well as all accessories pertaining to these brands. Elop rejoins the company, having worked for Microsoft before moving to Nokia.
Part of the transition is an even stronger commitment to developers. Nokia (or Microsoft under the Nokia name) posted both on their DVLUP Rewards blog and their Nokia Developer blog about the new, enhanced focus on development for the Microsoft ecosystem, including Asha and X platforms.