RUMOR: Microsoft to acquire beleaguered Nokia’s phone business for $19 billion

“According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has struck a deal to purchase Nokia’s mobile phone business for $19 billion,” Todd Haselton reports for BGR.

“It could make sense: Nokia’s CEO is former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop, and the two companies have already reached a deal to create new Windows Phone devices, a dozen of which are expected to launch next year,” Haselton writes.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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    1. Rearranging the deck chairs seems more legit when you spend billions on it.

      …though I actually think MS is not going to sink. They have too much of a presence in enterprise and under the hood OS (thanks for making the self-check at the market a crash/reboot nightmare MS!).

      1. Yes, MS will circle the drain for years, but one day we’ll all be surprised that it’s still here. Kind of like IBM, MS will have to accept the fact that it basically can’t do anything beyond Windows/enterprise software and Office, and retreat to that walled castle. Once Ballmer is gone, the shareholders will be happier because he won’t be wasting their dividends on stupid billion dollar projects and acquisitions that result in multi-billion dollar losses.

    2. Everyone likes to compare Microsoft to the Titanic but I personally view it more like the S.S. Poseidon. After being capsized by the Apple tidal wave that they didn’t pick up on the scope until it was too late, they are still afloat… just upside down with everyone hanging on to chandeliers and Christmas trees for dear life…

  1. Why doesn’t Microsoft face anti-trust investigations when time after time they buy competing companies for staggering amounts and run those companies into the ground?

    Killing the competition is just plain wrong, no matter how you do it.

    1. I don’t see where is Nokia competing with Microsoft. In fact, nokia has just become their significant partner, buying their Windows Phone software for their mobile devices.

      I can already see the deja vue of the Sidekick scenario. This is gonna be fun to watch! (pulling up a chair and getting some popcorn)

    2. Why would there be anti-trust complaints? Microsoft does not build mobile phones, and it can be argued that Nokia doesn’t develop mobile operating systems.

      Microsoft can’t be violating anti-trust laws when it doesn’t operate in a given area. Plus, have you seen it’s market share in mobile devices lately? Neither has anyone else!

  2. Let’s do the math. $8.5 billion $19 billion = $27.5 billion. According to the supercomputer running inside Ballmer’s incredible Borg mind that still comes to less than $35 billion, the figure he would have paid to acquire Yahoo.

    So in saving $35 billion Ballmer still comes out ahead even if he were to stand atop the Space Needle in Seattle and pissed away another $7.5 billion on top of what he’ll be spending to buy Nokia.

    That’s the power of Excel spreadsheet math formula for you.

    1. Do the math? It’s obvious that Microsoft has NO coherent strategy. 🙂

      Here’s the Ballmer math. “We already gave Nokia $1 billion. Another 19 makes it an even 20. I like 20, I like it a lot.”

  3. Before Nokia’s recent quarterlies, the deal would have cost Microsoft much more, but with a man on the inside, the Finnish line is in sight, and they’re bringing up the rear.

    Boo-yah! Monkey boy!

  4. Yessssss….
    The master plan is coming together.

    Now MS just needs to announce a management restructuring and just one more acquisition. Then Ballmer will have them running just great for the next 10 years.
    May Ballmer stay forever.

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