Monday, May 16, 2011

Microsoft to buy Nokia? Eyebrow-raising rumor of the day

The big rumor that’s been spreading across the Interwebs today is that Microsoft is looking to buy Nokia’s mobile division, just three months after the companies announced a partnership and just a week after Microsoft said it will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion .
The chatter started when influential and well-connected Russian analyst/blogger Eldar Murtazin wrote on his personal blog ( Google translation | Bing translation ) that negotiations are starting between Nokia and Microsoft, and a deal would close by the end of this year.“Both companies are very much in a hurry,”Murtazin wrote, according to the Google translation.
But the rumor seems quite odd, considering the companies just inked a deal worth billions of dollars to make Windows Phone the main operating system on Nokia smart phones. What more could Microsoft need from the world’s largest phone maker? Hardware? Really?
Nevertheless, Murtazin has a stellar track record on Nokia rumors.


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