Will Google now bid for Nokia?
A hypothetical sequence of events:
Google bids for NOK (current market cap: $24 billion) - not a huge bid, but enough of a premium to make Nokia’s long-suffering shareholders take notice
Microsoft must counter-bid, or face complete devastation in the mobile OS market
Microsoft and Google bid, and Microsoft puts up enough money to win, as it must (see point above)
Microsoft becomes a vertically-integrated manufacturer of smartphones, Apple-style, and ventures into unfamiliar territory by selling direct instead of through the channel
Google spins off or writes off the useless stump of Motorola (ie the hardware side and everything else bar the patents)
Google has now usurped Microsoft’s place as the OEM-neutral, massmarket provider of OS software