According to a report by Chinese site VTech, Microsoft may be selling their feature phone business carried by them since Nokia Acquisition to Foxconn. If this is true, the Nokia brand license for Nokia’s feature phones will be handed over to Foxconn since Microsoft has rights to the Nokia brand for feature phones till 2024.
The source also mentions that Microsoft is planning to continue retrenching the workforce inside Microsoft Mobile and reach the point where it will merge into Microsoft’s Surface division.
Microsoft bought Nokia’s Smartphone business in 2014 and since then the Mobile division has suffered more than 18,000 staff losses. This means that Microsoft is continuing their emphasis on their 3rd party OEM business. Currently, Microsoft owns more than a 90% of market share for Windows Phone sales which micro soft is aiming to reduce so that more and more OEMs follow the Windows 10 Momentum towards their struggling Mobile Division. Microsoft is now focussing more on the business and enterprise segment for Windows 10 Mobile.