AH Tech Talk - WSJ: Microsoft Was Close to Acquiring Nokia, Talks Recently Broke Down

Microsoft and Nokia have been together and very comfy over the past few years. Especially with Microsoft having an exclusive with Nokia to only make Windows Phone devices. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft almost acquired Nokia. But that talks did break down recently. The WSJ is reporting that talks were taking place as recent as this month, but they have reportedly all collapsed to the point where they are more than likely not getting revived anytime soon.

The talks had been very advanced, according to this report, but eventually broke down because of financial difficulties faced by both Microsoft and Nokia. Microsoft had ended the courtship, per the report. Nokia had been struggling for quite a while and Windows Phone hadn't helped them out to much. Nokia recently missed analyst expectations, and posted an operating loss. Though a much lower one than it reported during the year earlier.

Basically the two companies were having an extended dating period and Microsoft had plenty of time to see that opting for marriage wasn't likely to turn around the fortunes of either company. The fact that the merger was about to happen and the fact that it fell through shouldn't surprise anyone.

Now we are just left wondering what's next for Microsoft's mobile OS. Along with what Nokia will do next. Will Microsoft work with HTC to do more Windows Phones? Will Nokia experiment with Android? Or possibly Tizen, or Firefox OS? Who knows. But it's definitely going to be interesting to see what happens once Nokia and Microsoft's Windows Phone contract is up. We also heard earlier this week that Nokia might be in talks with Huawei. Which would be Huawei's entrance into the US market. Which they've had quite a bit of trouble entering as of late.

How many of you are surprised that Microsoft would try to acquire Nokia? Let us know in the comments down below.

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