Microsoft Buying Nokia’s Mobile Division for $30 Billion?

Nokia's Stephen Elop & Microsoft's Steve BallmerMicrosoft just bought Skype for $8.5 billion. So, what do they do next? A Russian blogger with a track record of getting well-founded rumors about Nokia is saying that Microsoft will buy Nokia’s mobile division next week for $30 billion.

Rumor: Microsoft To Buy Nokia For $30 Billion (SoftSailor)

Eldar Murtazin: Microsoft will enter negotiations to buy Nokia’s mobile division next week (Engadget)

I initially found this far-fetched and difficult to believe. However, it makes sense given Nokia’s huge worldwide cell phone (including the huge feature phone market) market share and the appearance that Microsoft’s current Windows Phone hardware partners are increasingly focusing on building Android phones and tablets. Microsoft essentially needs to become more like Apple and control the product from start to finish.

Skype is currently Microsoft’s biggest acquistion ever. And, integrating it with the rest of Microsoft will be a huge challenge. The idea of merging a second much larger entity like Nokia’s Mobile Division simultaneously would be an almost impossible task.