As predicted last month, the deal between Microsoft and Nokia in which Microsoft will acquire the Devices and Services division is on track to finish in April. In fact, we’ll likely see the deal close as early as four days from now.
It’s true all of the regulatory hurtles have been complete for some time, but Microsoft has been ironing out the finer details with Nokia during this time, particularly where some of Nokia’s previous employees, online assets, and manufacturing facilities are concerned. It looks like things are right on track, and soon Nokia’s Devices and Services division will be seen under a new moniker: Microsoft Mobile.
The road has actually been less rough than many people previously thought. From the near-unanimous vote of approval by shareholders in November to today’s news, it seems more long than difficult, especially for Nokia and Windows Phone fans. Finally, maybe we could see some of those awesome Nokia Black-type updates become a core part of future OS changes.