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Chinese approval means the deal plods on

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division has been given the green light by Chinese regulators this week. Microsoft and Nokia entered into a deal last September, which would see the software giant purchase parts of Nokia for $7.4 billion.
The companies have been waiting to get the needed approvals from major governments around the world since the deal was announced. The Chinese approval now means that the deal has the green light in China, the U.S., and the EU.
The deal to sell the Nokia hardware business to Microsoft doesn't include the Nokia patent portfolio. That portfolio is said to have as many as 30,000 patents and be worth as much as 10 billion euros.
Nokia promised to honor non-discriminatory FRAND patent principals once the deal is completed, but points out that it was not accused of unfair practices.
"No authority has challenged Nokia's compliance with its ... undertakings related to standard-essential patents or requested that Nokia make changes to its licensing program or royalty terms," it said in a statement on Tuesday.
Microsoft echoed Nokia's sentiments on FRAND licensing. "It has never been our intent to change our practices after we acquire the Nokia business," David Howard, Microsoft vice president for litigation and antitrust, wrote on the company's official blog.
Approval in China and India for the deal was not guaranteed amid strikes and tax disputes.

Sources: Yahoo, Microsoft

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Looks good
By inighthawki on 4/8/2014 12:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm somewhat excited to see what will make of this deal. I think Microsoft has really stepped up their game of recent. WP8.1 is looking amazing and I've only seen positive feedback about it. Windows 8.1 update and threshold rumors look to be holding true and look to solve an abundance of Win8 issues that people have. Universal apps actually intrigues me enough to actually take a look at developing an app.

I'd love to see some first party phones. Surface has caught a lot of flak, but having used one, compared to other tablets it is one of the highest quality devices out there. I'd love to see them merge some of the surface design with Nokia's portfolio to make some awesome phones and tablets.

RE: Looks good
By Flunk on 4/8/2014 12:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
I've like to see a high-end phone build with the VaporMG magnesium forming technique used on the Surface. That would really be nice. The Surface's build quality is something I wish was more commonplace in the market. I'm not 100% sold on Windows on tablets yet, but the hardware is great.

Why bother?
By dgingerich on 4/8/2014 2:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how Chinese regulators have any authority relating to a US company buying a portion of a Finnish company.

By Milliamp on 4/8/2014 3:54:07 PM , Rating: 2
This only makes it official

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