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Microsoft (MSFT), whose tablet launch this week drew a bit of media attention, may also be...

Microsoft (MSFT), whose tablet launch this week drew a bit of media attention, may also be developing its own smartphone, "industry sources" tell Nomura's Rick Sherlund. If the rumor is true, Nokia (NOK), which has bet its increasingly threatened future on Windows Phone, can't be thrilled about it. (Windows Phone 8)
Comments (16)
  • No, Nokia cannot be thrilled about it, therefore Nokia should go for android and have its own OS attached to Google´s marketplace.


    Nokia should spend time on its symbian OS to use all of Google´s products.
    21 Jun 2012, 03:01 PM Reply Like
  • That would be a really dumb move.
    21 Jun 2012, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • Nokia has nothing to sell, because of Microsoft, getting android in the suddenly ads value to Symbian phones.
    22 Jun 2012, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • More and more rumors. I guess this rumor makes sense since MSFT is trashing its BING maps and adopting Nokia's. Just does not make sense, that they would go in this direction. If they wanted to go into the hardware business they would buy Nokia and RIM and get their existing customer base.


    Especially since they need to tap into the Business sector as well as the younger generation.
    21 Jun 2012, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Yes, agree. Why would MS put $1b a year in Nokia and select Nokia's apps for Drive, Maps and Transport and then undercut them. MS may bring out a phone but I'll bet it's build by Nokia. Someone wants to get into Nokia at a lower PS or cover their short position even lower. I'm thinking MS should buying Nokia's outstanding bonds if Nokia will agree to convertible options at $4-5 PS.
    21 Jun 2012, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • MSFT will end up jobbing phone and tablet production out if they end up having a hit.
    21 Jun 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • msft is making devices to show the world, and hardware developers their vision of computing as it relates to windows 8. They are flagships nothing more.
    21 Jun 2012, 07:06 PM Reply Like
  • Just last week it was ridiculous to think Microsoft would produce its own tablet. Now it's fashionable to speculate it would produce its own phone. The analyst community is very good at predicting the past.


    Microsoft is incapable is producing its own phone alone. They have tried and failed miserably with the Kin. They won't try again. The game speed is too fast and the competition too formidable to afford Microsoft a second Kin.


    If Microsoft hopes to do for phones what it will do for tablets, it will have to acquire Nokia. There is no other choice. Can you imagine relying on Android vendors like HTC and Samsung to push WP8? They'll push it off the cliff.
    21 Jun 2012, 07:18 PM Reply Like
  • I agree. Nokia is the perfect solution for Microsoft to enter the phone market. In a single sweep Microsoft will acquire instantly expertise, patents, manufacturing base, sales organization, worldwide exposure for a Windows phone. In the process will save a billion a year on subsidies.
    22 Jun 2012, 08:34 AM Reply Like
  • "blunderbuss of competition" appears yet again.
    21 Jun 2012, 08:06 PM Reply Like
  • 20-years ago, $MSFT was the current $GOOG, $FB, or $AAPL. Times change. Ballmer has got to go. Yes, he can yell and has a $PG background. It's not working...
    21 Jun 2012, 10:32 PM Reply Like
  • Why so much hate on MSFT? You still use their products every day, and you will still do the same in 20 years. Get over it.
    22 Jun 2012, 04:09 AM Reply Like
  • Hi Gloube, I don't use their products every day. TJ
    22 Jun 2012, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • I agree more with jammerculture.
    It is hard to believe the naivete of writers who seem to believe that these companies do not plan what they are doing and communicate with each other, as if these moves come one by one out of a vacuum without relation to each other or other events, and see the light of day in some slapdash willy-nilly fashion.
    22 Jun 2012, 08:55 AM Reply Like
  • Yes they do set a strategy with each other. We all would like to know what it is between MSFT and NOK, but they are not going to tip their hand. Business is all about strategy, especially when you have such a tough playing field. There is a lot of speculation flying around and we need to keep our heads about what we hear and try to use good sound logic instead.
    23 Jun 2012, 08:16 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting that post MS announcements about their new product releases NOK stock down but bonds rallied a bit. Do the fixed income guys more in the know?
    24 Jun 2012, 08:07 AM Reply Like
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