Microsoft and Nokia reportedly end merger negotiations

Microsoft and Nokia reportedly end merger negotiations
The word has been that Microsoft and Nokia have a partnership deal that could have Microsoft paying the Finnish company as much as $1 billion per year to build devices for the Windows Phone platform. But, a new report from The Wall Street Journal is saying that it had actually gone beyond that and the two companies were actually in "advanced" merger negotiations until just recently.

According to a source, the talks had been ongoing as recently as this month, but that they are officially dead now, and unlikely to continue. A Microsoft spokesman said that there is nothing out of the ordinary with the two companies meeting regularly, and neither confirmed nor denied the allegations. A WSJ source said that the two companies had been meeting in London, and were "close to an oral agreement" to merge the companies together. 

There was no word as to why the supposed negotiations failed, nor why they would be unlikely to continue. Of course, had the merger happened, it wouldn't have been much of a surprise, but it certainly would have made some waves in the mobile world by officially combining Microsoft's software development with Nokia's expertise in hardware.

source: WSJ

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70 Comments

1. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

OMG my dream of a Nokia device running Android SURVIVES!!!

3. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

No it doesn't. If that's what you're waiting for.. Don't hold your breath.

12. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

it's not really my dream device. i would love to design my own hardware i hate how im stuck choosing from whatever these companies decide to make. maybe when i get a hold of one of those fancy 3d-printers :P

19. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

I feel stuck to .I will make my own smartphone soon I will decide to which hardware I want to use in my smartphone

51. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

friend can become enemy it's not wise for Nokia to build their platform services on a OS they don't own.

59. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

@micheal...how come this news is not in featuring list ??

64. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Actually it's not dead. It's in the hands of the share holders. if they feel that Nokia is still not meeting their expectations they can force by a vote to oust Elop and replace him with a new CEO that is either open to not putting everything in one basket or that might cancel the agreement with MS and start a on a new path. That is the call of the shareholders in the next meeting.

6. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Whoever thinks that NOKIA is building an Android powered should dig a hole ,sit in it and wait till the dooms day.

24. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Dooms day?? Nokia already is in dooms day. We're waiting for a new beginning.

52. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Who says Nokia is doom? are you an apple fan boy? or you taking any pay checks from Samsung? Nokia will stay..

61. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

He must be a Samsung fanboy. Just saying. Before Galaxy series actually Samsung was in dooms day.

66. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

never say never in this industry. Remember Google and Apple were best of friends ( Google even had a seat on the Apple board) before Android was release.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

By the time that happens, we might be using Tizen phones.

50. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

its made by samsung and samsung sucks big time in software remeber badadadada its android that kept them alive for so long

53. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Bada was for low end devices..and its not difficult for them to develop os. They might have learnt much from bada and they have all the resources to hire finest team of developers and engineers to make a gr8 os..

16. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Will never happen, Android does'nt need Nokia, Windows Phone does'nt need Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Acer etc ... Greetzz.

27. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Android may not need Nokia, but Nokia could use the cash a few Android products would bring in.

38. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I don't think so, Android is just not for Nokia, Windows Phone looks much greater on Nokia hardware, they just need a better way of marketing. Greetzz.

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

looks like to me is Ms and Nokia wanna do like google and other OEM do (nexus device). something like Microsoft edition lumia.

25. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

except it would be more like google and motorola and theres no need for a Microsoft edition since there aren't different OEM flares like touchwiz or sense on WP's

43. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

ok i change my mind it's a fake news.

70. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I also wanted to add that you can remove any Windows Phone app you don't want... so you can buy any Windows Phone and remove the 'bloat ware' if you don't want/need it

41. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

lol .....and in what ways would the Microsoft Edition Lumia be different than any other WP8, or Lumia device? they all have the same UI

23. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

No wonder Huawei is planning to buy Nokia

28. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

No, they're not... read the earlier article. Clearly states "NOT" planning on buying it. As if they could afford it anyway, which they can't.

2. 110410

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

just make an android phone NOKIA and youre back on top

69. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Because that's working so well for HTC right now. Face it if you aren't Samsung, you aren't making much money selling Android phones in the US and Europe. Nokia is better off letting HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Sony, LG, Lenovo, and Acer all fight Samsung and each other for Android market share. They all have issues differentiating themselves in a crowded market. Meanwhile the biggest thing that differentiates the hardware is the OS running on it. Love it or hate it, it is a very different look, feel, and experience from the Android pack, and that seems to have a growing appeal. Not to mention the OS works better on low end hardware than Android does, putting them in a strong position to capture the emerging markets in Africa and Asia where Nokia has traditionally done well with feature phones.

4. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Hakoona Matata!!!!!!!!!

37. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's my philosophy!!!!

62. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No that's mine

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