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Nokia rumored in talks for Windows Phone 7 devices

updated 04:35 am EST, Mon December 20, 2010

An unholy alliance, or salvation?

Eldar Murtazin, a highly respected Russian tech blogger has claimed that Nokia is in secret talks with Microsoft for an alliance. He bases his claim on the delay of the forthcoming Nokia E7 into 2011, reliability problems with the N8 and the recent cutting of hundreds of staff many of whom were associated with the development of Symbian^3.

While Nokia remains the number one handset manufacturer in the world, Murtazin argues that this is only courtesy of its candy bar "dumbphones" such as the 2720, 6303 and 6700. Nokia's efforts in the smartphone segment have stumbled as Symbian^ 3 does not match iOS or Android, and its flagship N8 is will continue to run a single core chip until at least 2012. Most of Nokia's smartphone competitors will continue to have a substantial and perhaps insurmountable lead in both hardware and software.

Murtazin purports that MeeGo is not where Nokia is looking for salvation in the battle for smartphone supremacy, but rather that it has been in secret discussions with Microsoft to deploy Windows Phone 7 on its future smartphones. The move, according to Murtazin, has been initiated by Nokia's new leadership.

Murtazin is well-known for accurate leaks and has often been the recipient of pre-release Nokia handsets. The tone of his article suggests that Nokia's shift to Windows Phone 7 as its smartphone OS is inevitable. Time will, of course, be the judge of the accuracy of Murtazin's claims. Strategically, such a partnership would make sense for both Microsoft and for Nokia. The Nokia name still carries significant weight with consumers around the world, as does Microsoft's branding.

Both companies are seeking to remain relevant in the increasingly critical smartphone segment and both face an uphill battle in doing so. The combination of the two tech giants could be the kick start that both need in order to be able to challenge Android and iOS.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Wingsy

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    1 + 1 = 1

    1 failed phone OS + 1 failed phone OS = 1 failed phone OS

  1. Stoli89

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    Absurd

    First, Nokia has been working with MicroSoft for quite some time on enhanced Office Products for Nokia's business phones. In fact, the current Nokia CEO, Mr. Elop, had been part of this effort when he was at MicroSoft. Second, the Symbian^ 3 OS for the E7 was already shown at Nokia World just weeks ago. Third, Nokia has already stated some big update was planned for Symbian^3 devices in early January...maybe it decided to release the E7 with this update already installed? Fourth, why would anyone take the credibility of a person (wrt Nokia "news") when Moscow police have already detained said individual as a person of interest in the theft of Nokia Intellectual Property? Seriously, would you get news from someone with such a purported conflict?

  1. jarod

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    LOL

    The fact that they are working with MicroSh*t guarantees that whatever they're working on is a failure before it begins. Nokia...pack up and close shop boys...you are officially a has been. Accept it and move on.

  1. Hash

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    Very business good move on Nokia side and probably the only one which can save Nokia smartphones from becoming irrelevant.

    It involves getting also a good subsidy from MS for using WP7 on its high end smartphones and leaving Symbian and Meego for its mid level handsets, to where increasingly the dumbphones will migrate.

  1. jarod

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    To: Hash

    You really are clueless aren't you? LOL!

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Why Try To Get In The Titanic's Lifeboats ...

    ... when you can simply cut another big hole in the stern to let the water run out?

  1. Hash

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    To jarog

    I think you are the clueless moron

  1. Salty

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    Can See It

    I can see it, the fact is Nokia has never really been a platform people went with for the software. They have several potential plans (Symbian, Meego) it's not surprising to see them considering Windows Phone 7. This way they could focus on the hardware which they do do well, and leave the software (which they do horribly) to someone else. Nokia has a strong footing with businesses, and say what you will but enterprises tend to trust Microsoft.

    I'd never buy one, but of all the choices that they've got it actually makes a lot of sense. It also makes their Booklet laptops make a bit more sense.

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