Nokia Received $250 Million from Microsoft, Lumia Designer Becomes a VP

Posted by at 9:19 am on January 26, 2012

Nokia has revealed some of the inside workings of its deal with Microsoft as well as its shift in design direction. The Finnish company acknowledged being paid a $250 million installment from Microsoft as a “platform support payment.” Neither side has fully disclosed how much the deal is worth, but the initial sum supports allusions to Microsoft paying billions and implies that Nokia has made a multi-year deal.

In jumping from Symbian, Nokia is known to have considered Android. It has regularly said that it picked Windows Phone to genuinely differentiate itself, although the financial investment suggests that monetary compensation was a major factor. Microsoft is known to have been eager to boost Windows Phone’s share after a first year of low sales and is hoping it can effectively buy market share by talking to the company that still leads overall phone shipments.

The payout came just as Nokia said it was promoting its design strategy director Marko Ahtisaari to become its Executive VP of Design. Its shift would put Ahtisaari in the core Nokia Leadership Team and have him report directly to CEO Stephen Elop.

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