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Microsoft to buy Nokia Phone Unit: Rumor

May 16 2011, 8:49am CDT | by , in Rumors | Mobile Phones

Microsoft to buy Nokia Phone Unit: Rumor

Microsoft to start negotiations to purchase Nokia Phone Unit says Eldar Murtazin.

Here is some more Nokia news for today. Earlier we reported that Nokia is dropping the Ovi brand and is rumored to power Bing Maps. Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin reports today that Nokia and Microsoft will start negotiations on the sale of the Nokia Phone business. This sounds dramatic and maybe a bit far fetched, but Eldar Murtazin (via Unwired Review) has an amazing track record when it comes to predict Nokia related developments. He also for instance reported on the demise of the Ovi brand a week ago.

Still, does it make sense for Microsoft to own Nokia's phone business? Nokia is big in low-end phones. This big aspect of the Nokia mobile unit totally would not fit to Microsoft. The Windows company has to do something dramatic to make Windows Phones get closer to Google and Apple. To acquire Nokia takes a competitor out, but if this can be turned into a competitive advantage against Google and Apple would be a challenge.

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