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Nokia and Microsoft form partnership

Posted by Dmitrij Ivanov on February 26, 2011

Nokia and Microsoft

Rory Cellan-Jones asks Nokia’s Stephen Elop and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer why they chose to form an alliance
Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.
It means that Nokia’s existing operating systems will be sidelined.

Symbian, which runs on most of the company’s current devices will become a “franchise platform”, although the company expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in future.

“It is a transition from Symbian to Windows phone as our primary smartphone platform,” said Mr Elop.

Windows may not be the exclusive operating system for Nokia tablets though.
Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer Mr Elop was at Microsoft before joining Nokia

“We reserve the right to introduce tablets using other platforms, including ones we may be working on internally,” he said.

Nokia’s upcoming Meego operating system will also be sidelined.

According to the company statement: “MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices.”

The MeeGo platform was expected to form the core of Nokia’s future smartphone and tablet strategy. The company says it still plans to ship one Meego device by the end of 2011.

For Magnus Rehle, the Nordic managing director of research firm Greenwich Consulting, Nokia may have difficulty juggling its three operating systems: Windows, Symbian and MeeGo.

“Three platforms is a lot to work with. I’m not sure there is room for so many platforms,” he said.

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