WSJ: Microsoft and Nokia Were Close to Merger Until MS Walked AwayJune 19, 2013 1 Comment
A week ago, Nokia hinted at an announcement that would give them and Microsoft a ‘deeper’ relationship. Until today, we had no guess as to what that might be. Now WSJ is reporting that Nokia and Microsoft were in “advanced” discussions about a possible merger. Supposedly though, those talks have crumbled due to Microsoft leaving the table. Reportedly, Microsoft walked away “because of the price and Nokia’s own strategic predicament, where it ranks as a trailing player to Apple and Samsung.”
That to me doesn’t make any sense as Nokia is by far the top dog in the Windows Phone ecosystem. I think Microsoft would be smart to make sure that Nokia doesn’t change its mind on what OS they put in their phones.
I don’t necessarily think a merger is the right course of action but I do think that Microsoft should probably be pumping more money into its partnership with Nokia. It would be an ugly day for Microsoft and Windows Phone if Nokia were to ever walk away.