EU approves Microsoft – Nokia deal, citing Microsoft’s small market share


Just days after clearing the U.S. Department of Justice, Microsoft’s plan to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion got the European Commission’s stamp of approval. On Wednesday, the EU body outlined three main reasons to let the deal happen, including Microsoft’s(s msft) low Windows Phone market share, saying that Apple(s aapl) and Samsung will continue to compete with the merged entity. The Commission also saw no risk to Microsoft holding back Windows Phone from handset makers other than Nokia(s nok), nor Skype or Office from other platforms.

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