Microsoft is rumoured to be considering a purchase of Nokia for a cool $19bn. That works out at about £11.6bn.
With the ink on thebarely dry, an industry insider has claimed a Microsoft offer for Nokia is already on the table. Eldar Murtazin correctly called Nokia's , so his claims carries some clout, despite a Nokia spokesperson saying his rumours were getting "less accurate with every passing moment".
Nokia has had a rough ride lately. Despite head honcho Stephen Elopabout running a fast-paced, aggressive company, sealing the Windows Phone 7 deal with Microsoft, and committing to support Symbian for another five years, some still think Nokia's goose is pretty much cooked.
Meanwhile, Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu has stated that "in a fast-changing market, Nokia is losing ground very rapidly". He suggested Nokia's overall market share would drop from 35 per cent to 30 per cent next year, with the company's smart-phone market share falling by half, to 19 per cent. The company is currently in a and we've already seen it as Europe's best-selling phone manufacturer to Samsung.
One of the reasons for Nokia's current predicament appears to be its own Bloomberg: "Nokia was on track to introduce only three MeeGo-driven models before 2014 -- far too slow to keep the company in the game."platform. According to
Althoughsuggest Nokia hasn't abandoned MeeGo completely, it does seem to have been sidelined by Windows Phone. Either way, Nokia's new Windows Phone mobiles can't come quickly enough.
Could Microsoft turn Nokia's fortunes around? With the exception of the Xbox, its forays into the hardware market have been pretty poor affairs. Should Microsoft just stick to ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook wall.