BRUSSELS Nov 22 European Union antitrust
regulators are set to approve Microsoft's proposed
5.4-billion-euro ($7.30 billion)takeover of Nokia's mobile phone
business without conditions, two persons familiar with the
matter said on Friday.
The deal, announced in September, includes Nokia licensing
its patents to Microsoft for 10 years.
"The (European) Commission is expected to clear the deal
without conditions," one of the people said.
The EU competition watchdog has set a Dec. 4 deadline for
its decision. Commission spokesman for competition policy,
Antoine Colombani, declined to comment.