In news that’s sure to send Mobot’s Jan up in arms, Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest, has fired out a report claiming that Nokia will sell its smartphone division to Microsoft in the first half of space year 2012AD.
Taloussanomat, the Finnish news publication that first published the story, acknowledges that the rumour has been “around for quite some time”.
Indeed, the rumour began pretty much as soon as Nokia announced that they’d chosen Windows Phone 7 as their “primary smartphone platform” – ultimately ditching MeeGo and the ailing Symbian. Mostly.
Many cynics cried “Trojan horse!” as Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, had made the jump from Microsoft just a few short months before.
It might seem odd that Microsoft could potentially do battle with the very manufacturers it sells licenses to (HTC, Samsung et al), but it wouldn’t be a far cry from the Google/Android/Motorola situation.
Surprisingly, Nokia spokesperson Mona Kokkonen has denied the rumour on behalf of the Finns. I half expected her to say: “Aye, it’s a possibility. Stay tuned.” Ahem.