Microsoft thought about and then decided against Nokia acquisition
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