Nokia's Flirtations Put the Fear of Google Into Microsoft
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 18/02/2011 20:56
Microsoft Corp. knew it had far more at stake than Google Inc. as the two rivals competed to secure a tie-up with Nokia Corp. Losing the deal to Google could have landed a fatal blow to Microsoft's chances in the mobile market.
So Microsoft aggressively courted the Finnish cellphone giant, offering to pay billions of dollars and dangling incentives to Nokia's new boss, a former Microsoft executive. In a series of globe-spanning meetings in recent months, Nokia, too, began to see Microsoft as the best fit.
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