The company won't tell us one way or another. But if a particular Russian tech analyst (with a relatively sterling reputation) is right, a deal for Microsoft to buy Finnish phone company Nokia for around $19 billion is either already done or will be very soon.
The rumor was started by Eldar Murtazin, an analyst at Mobile Research Group and the editor of the blog Mobile-Review.com.
Here's Murtazin's Tweet that opened the can of worms.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is an ex-Microsoftie, and has been the principal architect of the ever-expanding bridge between the two companies.
The Seattle Times also interviewed Murtazin, who said the deal will help Microsoft make a "complete cycle" between its mobile-phone software and hardware efforts.
Murtazin declined to identify his sources, but he said they were reliable. In the past, he said Nokia, a Finnish company, asked Russian authorities to provide the identity of his source to the company.
"Nowadays Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is not comparable with iPhone due to one reason -- because iPhone was developed completely with Apple software and hardware," Murtazin said. "For Microsoft the paradigm will be to make a complete cycle" of hardware and software together.
Responding to a request for comment from Seattle Weekly today, Microsoft said, simply: "Microsoft does not comment on rumor or speculation."