Rumours suggest Microsoft recently had a pop at buying its Windows Phone buddy Nokia outright, before hang ups over price and other technicalities derailed the planned acquisition.
According to the WSJ, talks between MS and Nokia about a sale were taking place as recently as earlier this month, with the key sticking points being Nokia's declining market share and how to match that with a rather high US valuation of around $14bn.
Given that Microsoft has already pumped millions into helping sustain Nokia and encouraging the switch to Windows Phone, it probably thought it was entitled to some sort of best-buddies discount price. But Nokia didn't agree. [WSJ]