Whoa Microsoft, why don’t we all calm down for a second here? Following the massive acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion dollars, the software giant is ready to pull out its credit card once again and make an even bigger purchase.
According to Russian tech blogger, Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft will begin negotiations next week with Nokia to acquire the company’s mobile division. Eldar also said that the deal could be closed as early as the end of the year. This is coming from the same guy that predicted the Microkia alliance back in December, and the rebranding of Nokia’s Ovi services. Murtazin is certainly somebody you want to pay attention to when he’s talking about Nokia.
It’s possible that the negotiations between the two companies go south and the acquisition never happens, but at least for now, Microsoft seems to be interested in owning Nokia. It also doesn’t help that Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop (pictured above pointing towards where Nokia’s business is currently headed) used to work at Microsoft — so take that as you will.
By acquiring Nokia, there’s a good chance that Microsoft will further alienate its OEM partners. Companies like LG, Samsung and HTC might not be interested in competing with the same company that’s selling them the software they put on their devices. This could be very good news for Android and very bad news for Windows Phone 7, with OEMs focusing even more on the former and even less on the latter.