Nokia moves closer to Microsoft with sale of app unit, patents

Microsoft and Nokia have become quite the good friends over the last couple of years after the Finnish company abruptly changed heading and switched to Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Seeing as the company is now able to leverage many of Microsoft's own tools, the company has sold its Qt app-tools unit to Digia Oyj.

The sale is quite logical for Nokia as Microsoft now is providing all of the software tools needed for development and the app tools unit provided similar set of functionality. With the divestiture of the unit, Nokia will acquire some much needed capital and also shed unesessary products that do not align to the company's core values; Nokia acquired the app-tools division back in 2008 when it purchased Trolltech ASA.

In addition to the app-tools sale, Nokia also sold 500 patents to Vringo Inc in a separate deal. Vringo is based in New York and will add that patents to its portfolio for cash but must make payments generated from the patent use back to Nokia. 

For Nokia, the sales come at a critical time in the company's history as Elop and crew try to turn the massive ship back towards profitability and sustainability. With a little bit of extra cash in their pocket and Windows Phone 8 right around the corner, it's now or never for Nokia. 

Source: Bloomberg

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Great news for Qt: it'll go back to being active developed by someone who's not focused on just the mobile space, and in the event of MS buying Nokia Qt won't get buried down as a MS property.

1. Give patents to a known patent troll in order to attack Android. Check
2. Sell only surviving internal developer toolkit. Leaving no other option but to go WP all out or die.

Yep, sounds like Microsoft already owns Nokia.

Ahhh... Qt... I'm really torn on that technology, at least it's better on the desktop than Java... usually at least in the applications that use Qt that I use.

GS:ios

"Nokia acquired the app-tools division back in 2008 when it purchased Trolltech ASA"

There's a company called Trolltech? How is that not the center piece of the article?

Figure 8 Dash said,
"Nokia acquired the app-tools division back in 2008 when it purchased Trolltech ASA"

There's a company called Trolltech? How is that not the center piece of the article?


Good point

GS:ios

Grrg selling patents to patent trolls, that company won't actively make products using them, just sue the crap out of everyone who doesn't cave in -.-

thealexweb said,
Grrg selling patents to patent trolls, that company won't actively make products using them, just sue the crap out of everyone who doesn't cave in -.-

Nokia moves closer to "Microsoft", not Apple.

thealexweb said,
Grrg selling patents to patent trolls, that company won't actively make products using them, just sue the crap out of everyone who doesn't cave in -.-

yeah well, google does all the difference w/ motorola... MS at least has a pretty active r&d

Edited by deleted_acc, Aug 9 2012, 2:20pm :

simrat said,

Nokia moves closer to "Microsoft", not Apple.


It is neither Microsoft or Apple they are selling the patents to, according to the article.

morden said,

yeah well, google does all the difference w/ motorola... MS at least has a pretty active r&d

Not sure what side of the argument your coming down on Google and Motorola actively use most of their patents and as far as i know don't sell them to patent trolls.

thealexweb said,

Not sure what side of the argument your coming down on Google and Motorola actively use most of their patents and as far as i know don't sell them to patent trolls.

so 1. is MS a patent troll? why, the milking of android oems is a direct consequence of google's bad business decisions and not patent trolling 2. is Digia Oyj a patent troll? cos far as i can tell the acquisition is between nokia and them so MS does not get a simple patent just "gets closer" to nokia cos the latter grows more dependent on their portfolio

morden said,

so 1. is MS a patent troll? why, the milking of android oems is a direct consequence of google's bad business decisions and not patent trolling 2. is Digia Oyj a patent troll? cos far as i can tell the acquisition is between nokia and them so MS does not get a simple patent just "gets closer" to nokia cos the latter grows more dependent on their portfolio

Microsoft actively uses the patents in its possession to make products therefore no it probably isn't a patent troll. Google did make the mistake of not having a patent arsenal ready but now it's owns thousands of patents it's bought from IBM and from Motorola. Digia Oyj is not a patent troll, it looks like it has big plans to use its newly acquired platform. Vringo Inc is the patent troll.

They just need to do more on the marketing front. Most people who use a Windows Phone, the Lumia's specifically, come away liking the product. More people just need to be made aware of the platform as an alternative to the marketing giant of Apple, and the sheet market flooding of Android.