18 hours ago, W3bbo wrote
They just spent $8.5bn on Skype, and El Reg is reporting continued negotiations on how Nokia's app store will work with WP7.
If Microsoft did buy Nokia, then it's time to abandon ship.
I don't know how much money Microsoft could afford to spend on this operation, but this could be a very good move: Microsoft has been having a hard time with embedded devices because it has not been able to build close relationships with manufacturers and Nokia could bring this kind of culture to the company together with a brand name that can sell hardware (part of the success of Apple is the tight integration of software and hardware). Moreover, Nokia is a very international brand while Microsoft has troubles on the international front especially with Zune and Bing Maps where Nokia could help Microsoft expand worldwide with its similar services.
This would definitely be a risky bet because it is never easy to integrate a large company into another large one. However, it could be interesting to see what comes out especially if Microsoft keeps Nokia indipendent enough that consumers don't perceive it as one company.