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Microsoft has offered Samsung a bumper financial incentive to throw its weight behind the Windows Phone operating system, rumours suggest.

According to Eldar Murtazin, sometime analyst and Mobile Review editor and full-time mobile motormouth, Microsoft has proffered a whopping $1 billion for Samsung to jump on board its platform.

Murtazin’s comment has been received with the mix of scepticism, credulity and offfence-taking that usually greets his least circumspect remarks.

However, as we’re fond of reminding you, he has called some big happenings in the past. Most notably it was he who forecast that Nokia and Microsoft would partner up months before more sober, cautious analysts were even at the races.

The cash-sum and its attendant agreement is unlikely to involve Samsung jumping ship from Android. It’s unlikely that sort of sum would be enough to yank Samsung from Google’s OS, given the huge success it has had with the Galaxy S and Note ranges.

Rather it will act as an incentive for Samsung, which has brought the odd Windows Phone kit to market, to continue to support Microsoft’s ‘third’ operating system.

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