Microsoft Mobile Will Be The New Name of Nokia Devices and Services Business : Do You Like It?

Following the completion of Microsoft's acquisition of the Finnish company's mobile devices business which is expected to happen later this month, Nokia's Devices and Services unit - that once led the handset category for decades with absolute dominance - will be known as Microsoft Mobile.

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We learned of this interesting development via this email that Nokia Devices and Services Financial Services Purchase to Pay Team sent to the company's suppliers a few hours ago:

Dear Supplier,

On September 3, 2013, Nokia Corporation announced its intention to sell substantially all of its Devices and Services Business to Microsoft Corporation. We anticipate the transaction to close during April 2014.

Under the terms of the sale, Microsoft will assume all rights, benefits and obligations of the Nokia Devices and Services business, including Nokia’s agreements with suppliers, customers and partners which pertain to the Devices and Services business. Therefore, the purpose of this letter is to update you that the current terms and conditions that you have with the Devices and Services business will not change.

Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices.

New name and registered address replacing Nokia Oyj/Nokia Corporation is:
Microsoft Mobile Oy
Keilaranta 7
02150 ESPOO

New Bank Accounts: Please note that Microsoft Mobile Oy is going to have new bank accounts, for further information please contact us via AP Portal: (registration required).

There is NO change in the invoice sending method, please continue to send the invoices via electronic channels as before.

For further information on changes (legal address/send to address) after the close of the transaction between Microsoft and the Nokia Devices and Services business, please check our Invoice Address Search tool (IAS): (No registration required), or contact us via AP Portal: (Registration required).

Please note that the only changes in the Purchase Order (PO) layout after the close of the transaction will be to remove the Nokia Logo and change the legal address, whereas the PO numbering format and sequence will not change.

Continuation of business with Nokia

In addition to becoming a supplier for Microsoft Mobile Oy, we appreciate that you might also remain a supplier to the continuing businesses of Nokia (i.e., NSN, HERE or Advanced Technologies) after the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia Devices and Services. Nokia will communicate separately any changes in invoicing methods and addresses before the close of this transaction.

Best regards,

Nokia Devices and Services Financial Services Purchase to Pay Team

On TechPinas and Nokia's Partnership

TP Friends, like what I shared in my post about this landmark acquisition back in September 2013, this is bitter-sweet for me. It's no secret to all of you that I love Nokia. I love Nokia not only because I deeply believe in their products and services but also because the Finnish company believed in me when I was but blogging in my bedroom unsure of what he future holds for TechPinas. Nokia was the first company to invite me to a tech event and to bring me outside the country for their conferences -- from Singapore to United Arab Emirates. TechPinas was an ally of Nokia during its glory days and it will remain that way until the dusk of the Finnish Giant's independent handset business and well into its rebirth in Microsoft. That's just the way I do things; I repay loyalty with loyalty, trust with trust.

I can't deny that I feel sad that the spirited company that I deeply love will now be - practically - just a subsidiary or an arm of another company. Nonetheless, I'm sure that this acquisition will herald a new era or chapter for Nokia's devices business -- one where, I'm confident, they'll release the best devices they'll ever make. I look forward to more cameraphones that set the standard in mobile imaging, more handsets and tablets with stunning designs and highly-durable construction, and amazing innovations that we haven't seen before. Personally, regardless of what happens or a change in name, I will continue to support Nokia just like how the company has been consistently supportive of me and TechPinas through all these years. And I hope you will too.

Microsoft Mobile: Do You Like It?

I guess, starting next month, we will have to refer to Nokia handsets as Microsoft Mobile releases. Off hand, however, we haven't heard from either Nokia Philippines or Microsoft Philippines about their plans reflecting these changes from here on out. Trust that TechPinas will update you on the effects of this latest development on the local market as soon as we get official word from these key players.