The bottom line is that Nokia doesn't really want to sell itself to another company, and Microsoft would rather have Nokia as a customer for its Windows Phone OS than buy the company out completely. Things are not yet in the desperate stage for Nokia despite a stock price that has dropped 40% over the last three months to hit a 15 year low. Earlier on Monday, Korean manufacturer Samsung dismissed rumors that it was about to lob in a bid for Nokia. On Friday, Nokia's depressed stock rose as much as 11% intra-day on rumors that Samsung was going to buy the Finnish handset manufacturer.
source: TheRegister via WPCentral