It seems that Microsoft's offer to actually go out and purchase Nokia is getting closer to reality. The shareholders of Nokia have approved the deal and now the United States Department of Justice has just given their nod of approval. This means that Microsoft may have to break out their checkbook soon and pay that $5 Million bill in order to do a full acquisition of Nokia. I'm sure this will make Stephen Elop happy.
The next hurdle for the deal will be the European Union. Antitrust regulators there are on tap to decide whether or not Microsoft's bid breaches the EU's competition rules. Reuters reported in October that the European Commission would decide by December 4 whether or not to clear the acquisition. (It can extend the review by an additional 10 business days if needed to weigh possible concessions by Microsoft if there are any concerns.)