Nokia denies Rumours of Microsoft Sale

Not content with their mammoth buyout of VoIP service Skype, rumours were circling that Microsoft wanted to purchase the handset maker Nokia as well.

However the Finnish phone company has now refuted those claims which came from a well-known leaker of Nokia info called Eldar Murtazin.

But the PR agent for Nokia, Mark Squires, said via his Twitter account: "We typically don't comment on rumors. But we have to say that Eldar's rumours are getting obviously less accurate with every passing moment."

Mr Murtazin had suggested that the company was in talks with the Redmond software company to acquire the Nokia mobile division.

Commenting on the Microsoft sale he used his blog to say: "Next week Nokia will start the negotiations about the sale of its phone unit to Microsoft.”

"For now the results of the negotiations won't be public, but the deal might close before the end of 2011. Both companies are in a big hurry."

Nokia has already teamed up with Microsoft as an assigned handset for the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS. To do so it had to break ties with Symbian with which it had a long standing contract.

Whatever the case about the rumours it is certain that Microsoft is making an increasingly big play to be a leader in the VoIP market.

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