Microsoft’s blog has reported some adjustments made to Nokia-Microsoft deal, which take care of issues ranging from how to handle online Nokia properties to manufacturing plants as well.
· While the original deal did not address the management of online assets, our two companies have agreed that Microsoft will manage the nokia.com domain and social media sites for the benefit of both companies and our customers for up to a year.
· The original deal had all employees in Nokia’s Chief Technology Office continuing with Nokia. We’ve adjusted the agreement so the 21 employees in China working on mobile phones will join Microsoft and continue their work.
· The original deal had Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s Korean manufacturing facility. The agreement was adjusted and Microsoft will not acquire the facility.
The 21 CTO employees shifting base to Microsoft may be related to Nokia-Android work as most of the Nokia X R&D work was carried out in China. The nokia.com domain and social accounts continuation for one more year may indicate planned transition from Nokia to Microsoft Mobile branding over a period of one year.