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Submitted by mpctips 1189d ago | opinion piece

Watch For Microsoft To Acquire Nokia, Nvidia

InformationWeek: Microsoft's move into hardware may see it "eating hard rice," in the words of one peeved partner, but moving it is. After introducing Surface, rumors are that more products are coming. But if Microsoft is to truly adopt the Apple model, it will need to bulk up. There are at least two vendors that Redmond is likely eyeing as it transitions from a software-only company into a supplier of all-in-one systems like the Mac and iPad. (Industry, Microsoft, Nokia, NVIDIA)

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newsguy  +   1190d ago
No way Microsoft is gonna buy Nvidia...
no_more_heroes  +   1189d ago
yah, I REALLY don't see this happening...
The_Infected  +   1189d ago
Why not? M$ loves to buy competition and if they bought Nvidia that would eliminate lots of cost for them to use their graphics in the Xbox future including cloud gaming which Nvidia is leading the ground in that area.
The_Infected  +   1189d ago
Anyone care to elaborate the reason for the dissagrees?

@Vengeance1138

Why Nokia? Basically because it would be really cheap to acquire right now, according to McDougall, who figures the Finnish handset maker "could be bought—lock, stock, and worldwide production network—for about $14 billion," or "a relative song."

Why Nvidia? Because Microsoft needs a chip design asset to compete with Apple, which designs the ARM-based A-Series processors for its iPhones and iPads. Redmond has a long relationship with Nvidia, and has first right of refusal on a deal to buy the chipmaker, as McDougall himself reported last June.

Nvidia could be had for $14 or $15 billion, he figures, and Microsoft's sitting on more than $66 billion so it could pull off both deals.

Nokia can be bought for around $14 billion not $48 billion along with Nvidia for around $14 billion not $4 as you said.
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kane_1371  +   1189d ago
it is very simple, Nvidia makes way better profit as an independent company: Consoles, Phones, Tablets, Mac, and i dare to say soon TVs will also include GPUs, now a days TVs are moving far away from being only tv.
MikeMyers  +   1188d ago
Microsoft already used Nvidia chips in the original Xbox. Then they had to pay Nvidia to off backwards compatibility software on the Xbox 360 which didn't have Nvidia chips. Now rumor has it the next Xbox will support AMD chips again.

I don't see why Microsoft would bother with Nvidia unless they really want to be aggressive in the PC gaming market and force companies like Steam to support Windows 8.
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Vengeance1138  +   1189d ago
Nokia has about 48 Billion in revenue when changed from the 38B euros to dollars, not even MS has that kinda free cash, Nvidia however would only cost em about 4 Billion.
Psychonaughty  +   1189d ago
@Marcus_Fenix

"Microsoft needs a chip design asset to compete with Apple, which designs the ARM-based A-Series processors for its iPhones and iPads."

Umm no, a British company called ARM designs it's own processors for many 3rd parties including the iphone, Apple doesn't own them.
mcstorm  +   1189d ago
I don't see ms buying amy of then. Nokia will recover its self over the next 5 years as they are now making devices that people want plus that are easy to use and with ms having its own eco system people willl also look at Nokia phones because of this.

Microsoft will not become a apple type business where they only make the hardware as this is not what they are about. What they will do is a bit like what google are doing where they will have a surface tablet and phone like google have nexus to show the world how to make there own products stand out against android and IOS.

But for the phone side I see them making there 1st surface but then working with Nokia HTC and Samsung for the rest.
KMCROC  +   1188d ago
Do not know how much weight this articles has or holds ,but if these event do occur. I say more power to MS for doing what they need to do besides the concept would keep the EU at bay like Apple has kept them at bay & not providing them any cash or having to put up w/ the EU BS.

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