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A former leader in the mobile phone sector, Finland’s Nokia encountered problems after the 2007 launch of smartphones, particularly Apple’s iPhone, as well as devices running on Google's Android operating system. In February 2011, Nokia formed a strategic partnership with Microsoft, with Nokia smartphones replacing Nokia’s traditional Symbian operating system with a mobile system from Microsoft. Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business for 5.44 billion euros in September 2013.


Patent deal ends feud between HTC and Nokia

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement with Finnish phone giant Nokia to end all pending patent litigation between them.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 5:19am

Nokia chairman defends Lumia sale

Nokia shareholders have approved the sale of its mobile-phone division to Microsoft after about 5,000 people braved icy rain in Helsinki to cast their vote and pay their last respects to a business that once dominated European phone manufacturing.

25 Nov 2013 - 3:52am

Nokia delays phablet launch after Microsoft deal: source

Nokia has delayed the launch of a large-screen “phablet” device, originally planned for late September, following a deal to sell its handset business and license patents to Microsoft, a source said.

17 Sep 2013 - 10:09am

Nokia's loss is phone users' gain

Having stood at the top of the world, a precipitous fall is all the more shocking. Nokia, the pride of Finland, was worth €100 billion only five years ago. Now its market value is just about €15 billion, and that's only after a hefty share price boost following its announcement that it is selling its mobile phone unit to Microsoft. It is, however, keeping its brand name as well as its network equipment and mapping businesses.

14 Sep 2013 - 2:45am

Microsoft's big Nokia deal may be too little, too late

Obviously, Microsoft’s US$7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia is an important deal, but it may be more about the past than the emerging challenges of the future.

10 Sep 2013 - 2:45am

Nokia chief becomes a front runner for top job at Microsoft

When a British bookmaker installed Stephen Elop as the favourite to take over the soon-to-be vacant position of chief executive at Microsoft, most technology observers laughed it off as a publicity stunt.

8 Sep 2013 - 4:36am

Finns mourn loss of Finland's biggest success story, Nokia phones, to Microsoft

The sale of Nokia Oyj's handset business to Microsoft sent shock waves through its home country, where the phones are a source of national pride and at one point were carried by 90 per cent of Finns.

5 Sep 2013 - 3:40am

Nokia's Stephen Elop seen rejoining Microsoft as CEO

Stephen Elop, already a bookmakers' favourite to take over as Microsoft's next leader, just boosted his chances by helping orchestrate the US$7.2 billion deal that makes him a senior executive at the software maker he once helped run.

5 Sep 2013 - 3:22am

As Finland reels, Microsoft doubles down with Nokia phone deal

In an era when shiny new tech start-ups can be worth tens of billions of dollars, Microsoft’s deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile handset business for 5.44 billion euros (HK$55.6 billion) is a modest one from a strictly financial point of view.

4 Sep 2013 - 12:43pm

Nokia patent move may mean big payoff post Microsoft

Nokia may have sold its handset business to Microsoft Corp, but by hanging on to its valuable patent portfolio, the Finnish company could also get a big future payoff at the expense of Android phone makers.

4 Sep 2013 - 11:15am