Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Jun 2013 18:29 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft was very close to take over Nokia, but that the talks eventually broke down, probably beyond repair - at least for now. The reasons the talks broke down illustrate something that I have repeatedly tried to make clear for a long time now: Nokia isn't doing well.
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by robojerk on Thu 20th Jun 2013 20:10 UTC
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Elop is an idiot. He confirmed that when he declared Android to be it's competition, and wanted to compete only using WP7 against all the other handset makers that were selling both wp7 and Android, or iOS.

Besides firing Elop, I think Nokia could stand a chance at some recovery if they started selling Android phones immediately. Their hardware looks really good, and regardless of one's opinion of WP7, it isn't making a dent in the Android/iOS ecosystems.

If their hardware had software on it that could sell better, they could at least try to turn things around.

If they decide to stand proud on their sinking ship, or fail to turn things around, I could imagine someone will want to buy them, if only for their patent portfolio (I'm only guessing it would have to be somewhat decent). I see Amazon, Microsoft, Google'rola, Apple, Samsung all bidding.

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