We’ve heard these rumors before, back in June, that Nokia was in talks with Microsoft, to sell off it’s mobile division. This crazy rumor was started by technology “rumorist” Eldar Murtazin, which was quickly dismissed by Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop. Elop said that the rumors where baseless and that there have been no talks of a buyout with Microsoft. He went on to say that Nokia has a clear path of the future and that it doesn’t include the Finnish company being broken up and sold. Flash forward to this week and once again Murtazin is at it again, this time using the fuel of poor Lumia sales in Europe to feed his fire. Murtazin claims that Nokia is once again trying to sell its mobile unit to Microsoft and that Microsoft was to speak about the plan at CES, which did not happen.
Once again, Stephen Elop came to Nokia’s defense on the issue saying:
“As we’ve described it before, the rumors are baseless, and some people who seem to enjoy generating rumors are running out of fresh material, so it seems to have come up again. I have nothing else to say.”
Looks like two things are now perfectly clear, Nokia is not going to sell it’s mobile division to Microsoft in the near future, if at all and two, Eldar Murtazin’s credibility is absolutely shot.