The rumour mill is at work again and it appears this time focusing its efforts back once again on the Nokia / Microsoft camp. Microsoft’s relationship with Nokia’s smartphone division has been blossoming over Windows Phone 7 and if what we hear it true…it maybe Elvis filled wedding bells at CES in Las Vegas next week.
If true, key executives from both firms will meet at the consumer electronics show to finalise the deal next week. Via a series of tweets, insider Eldar Murtazin has claimed; “Steve Balmer, Andy Lees and Stephen Elop, Kai Ostamo will meet in Las Vegas to finalize agreement about Nokia smartphone unit. Bye Nokia”. In addition he states that the Nokia brand will be discontinued under “this new MS unit” and “Stephen Elop will resign as Nokia CEO in 2012″.
Nokia has of course been swift to disregard claims over a MS buyout, commenting to Slash Gear; “We’ve put these rumours to rest a long time ago. The focus for Nokia is on executing on our partnership around Windows Phone and growing the ecosystem, and each company has the tools they need to do so”
Whatever, if anything, is revealed next week, there is no denying that the two companies are working more closely together then other MS licenced handsets. Nokia’s software and services are becoming integral parts of Windows Phone devices, including Nokia Maps, and both companies are investing hard in its combined launch budget for Nokia Windows Phones – a huge $200 million.
Via Slash Gear