Nokia, Microsoft Announce Strategic Smartphone Alliance (NOK, MSFT)

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Mobile phone maker Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and software giant Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) on Friday announced a pact to team up against rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ), who are thus far winning the smartphone race hands-down. In pursuant to the deal, Nokia will utilize Microsoft’s Windows Phone software as the platform for its mobile phones, marking a monumental shift from the Finnish company’s prior strategy of programming the operating system for its own devices. The move comes just days after a leaked internal Nokia memo from CEO Stephen Elop, in which he warned his employees the company was simply being outdone by its mobile phone competitors. Elop didn’t say when the first Nokia device running on Windows Phone software would ship, but did note that the company would not abandon its trademark Symbian operating system, nor the new Meego platform it’s currently developing. Nokia shares plunged $1.08, or -10%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Nokia ( NOK ) have a 4.78% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $10.88. Shares of Microsoft ( MSFT ) have a 2.33% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $27.50. Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) are both rated “Neutral,” holding Dividend.com DARS™ Ratings of 3.1 and 3.4 out of 5 stars, respectively. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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