Nokia may retain control over select services even after acquisition. It looks like Nokia may still retain control of some of its services, if this report by Chinese website Ctechcn.com is to be believed. The leaked images suggest that the Finnish company is working on making Nokia Music available as a web app on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. It was widely assumed that the popular music service, which allowed Nokia Lumia and Asha users to download music for a small monthly fee, would shut down or be merged with Xbox Music after Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft was complete. However, the images speak differently and it seems that Nokia is working on HTML5 versions of the app, which will be compatible with various operating systems and browsers.
It seems like Nokia may continue to retain control over it’s music and maps applications. In fact, Nokia’s navigation app, HERE Maps, has been available on the App Store for over a year and is quite popular among iOS users.
Interestingly, while Microsoft’s acquisition includes Nokia’s devices, patents and mapping services, HERE Maps will remain a part of Nokia’s business units. This, plus the fact that Microsoft has licensed (not bought) most of Nokia’s patents, could mean that Nokia will continue to be an independent service provider of maps, music and other services even after the acquisition is complete.