Right from the start, treat this as not capital “R” but all Caps RUMOR! Now that we’ve got that one straight, Eldar Murtazin comes with a bomb, again, which might turn out to be true or not but if it does, it might be the mother of all mergers as Microsoft is allegedly preparing to talk to Nokia about buying its mobile unit.
Still on the hypothetic note, if you thought that Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion in cash was huge, imagine what Redmond would commit to when taking over Nokia’s mobile unit. According to Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft and Nokia will sit at the table next week and discuss about the deal which is reported to be wanted, and quickly, by both parties. Of course no other concrete information is handed out as a disclaimer comes with the information too: everything will remain behind closed doors.
What would happen if, while still on the hypothetic note, the deal would be closed? The two companies have signed the definitive cooperation agreement at the end of last month as a follow-up to the February strategic alliance announcement. Microsoft would own an OEM, and not just any smartphone manufacturer but Nokia, the world’s number one phone manufacturer.
Would we see a Zune-like device coming out of Microsoft? Would it maintain the Nokia branding or go with Microsoft? What would happen with all the other OEMs manufacturing Windows Phones? Will they turn away from Redmond and its platform? Would Microsoft care with Nokia on its side? Tons of questions with no answers but just for the sake of argument, do you think such merger is possible and would it benefit the ecosystem, carriers, users, the platform and the two companies?