Microsoft may be preparing to swallow up Nokia’s mobile business whole, but that doesn’t mean the company is done pushing Windows Phone to other manufacturers. A new rumor sparked by Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin suggests Microsoft may have offered Samsung $1 billion to keep developing Windows devices. Murtazin doesn’t have the best track record though, so we’ll definitely leave this story in the rumor pile until Sammy starts pumping out new WP8 handsets.
Another "good" news from Microsoft – company negotiate with Samsung and offer 1 billion support if vendor will produce Windows Phone devices
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) December 12, 2013
That’s not to say a deal between Microsoft and Samsung wouldn’t make sense. Rumor has it Redmond had a similar deal in place with Nokia, paying the Finnish company handsomely for its loyalty to Windows Phone. Of course, Samsung has a much better hold on the smartphone market than Nokia ever did and definitely isn’t hurting for cash, though that doesn’t mean the South Korean titan won’t play along with Microsoft for the right price.
For now this is just another mobile rumor to add to the pile, though considering the under-the-table nature of this kind of deal we don’t expect either company to ever officially confirm Murtazin’s claims. If in the near future Samsung suddenly starts pumping out new Windows Phone devices, however, you’ll have a good suspicion how Microsoft did it.