Microsoft "Could" Purchase Nokia
After recent reports suggesting a strengthening working relationship between Samsung and Google Android, there now comes a strong rumor linking Nokia with a possible takeover from Microsoft.
Maybe, but why would Microsoft want to saddle itself with a mobile phone manufacturer in a market where the other main hardware and software player (Apple) might be losing ground, albeit after holding a dominant position for a number of years? Android is gaining market share so fast, Microsoft might be well advised to concentrate on it’s mobile OS sales performance right now. It could be that old rivalries are the fiercest, though. Windows Phone vs. iOS vs. Android looks like being a real firefight, not just a standoff.
The FT.com report basis much of it’s speculation on the share values of the Finnish phone maker. The assumption on the stock market is that the demise of the Symbian OS is inextricably linked with a terminal loss of market capitalisation for Nokia, thus making it vulnerable to a takeover. The markets are rarely wrong in the long run; this doesn’t look good for Nokia as an independent player.
Add to this a tweet from a source with a good track record indicating an possible move by “one small software company” for a mobile phone company for $19bn (the approximate current market value of Nokia) and bingo! It’s a done deal.
Whether this takeover will happen or not, it is interesting to consider which company, Microsoft or Nokia, has the most to gain. And the most to lose.