Nokia has issued a statement about its mobile phone deal with Microsoft, which was first revealed seven months ago in September 2013.
It says the €5.44 billion sale is expected to be completed on 25th April 2014.
Podcast - 9th April 2014
This week's podcast starts with news from Microsoft about an update to its Windows Phone platform and a cost-free OS offer to hardware manufacturers.
There's also a new flagship smartphone from Nokia, a roaming announcement from the European Parliament, a UK virtual mobile network from The Co-operative Group, a change at the top for Mozilla, retail expansion for Vodafone and an awkward end to BlackBerry's relationship with T-Mobile in the USA.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group as soon as the forthcoming Nokia acquisition is completed.
Mr Elop will report directly to Mr Nadella.
HTC goes One better
Mark Bridge writes:
“Hey, everybody, we’re releasing a new flagship smartphone that carries all the hopes of the company with it. If this sells well, we could be saved. If not, it could be disaster.”
“Great. What shall we call our new phone?”
“Oh, we’ll give it the same name as the previous model. That’ll be fine.”
Microsoft has announced a handful of new and updated mobile applications, including the long-awaited launch of ‘Microsoft Office for iPad’.
This comprises three separate iOS apps - Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad - now available in the Apple App Store, along with an update to the OneNote app. The basic apps are free for viewing and presenting files.