Microsoft mulled buying Nokia unit

Jun 19, 2013
Microsoft was in talks to boost its position in the mobile phone market by buying the devices business from Nokia but failed to seal a deal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Microsoft was in talks to boost its position in the mobile phone market by buying the devices business from Nokia but failed to seal a deal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying the US technology titan and the pioneering Finnish mobile phone company were involved in serious talks that recently faltered.

Microsoft has been striving to gain ground in a global smartphone market dominated by handsets powered by Google-backed Android and Apple iOS operating systems.

Nokia has seen its past glory fade under pressure of competition from Apple and Asian .

Microsoft and Nokia joined forces about two years ago in an alliance aimed at making inroads with handsets powered by Windows Phone software.

Windows, boosted by the Windows Phone 8 introduced last year, boosted its to 5.6 percent from 3.8 percent, according to a recent Kantar Worldpanel ComTech survey.

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JRi
not rated yet Jun 20, 2013
It' easy for Microsoft to put Nokia on it's knees. Just delay WP8 feature updates such as support of FullHD display and high MP cameras. Their exclusive contract is valid til 2015. Meanwhile Nokia is not allowed to make Android or other OS phones except Microsoft's.

MS has a reputation of giving a kiss of death to all companies that starts co-operation with them.