Google’s $12.5 billion deal for Motorola Mobility is widely considered aggressive, with a hefty 63.5 percent premium that few would dare try to top.
But analysts at Macquarie seem to think that one of Google’s biggest rivals — a certain software giant based in Washington State — may step up to the plate anyway.
In a research note published on Tuesday, Kevin Smithen of Macquarie wrote that Microsoft may make its own bid for Motorola, driven by the patent war roiling the smartphone world.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Musing on the Prospects of a Microsoft Counterbid for Motorola - NYTimes.com: