updated 12:43 pm EDT, Fri May 18, 2012
Comments follow concern over Nokia
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega suggests the Windows Phone platform may see a significant boost from Microsoft's Windows 8 OS when it arrives on the market. Speaking at the JP Morgan technology conference, the executive noted that he was "very upbeat about what they are bringing to the market."
"When they come out with Windows 8 in the fourth quarter, I think it will actually add to the value that that OS brings to the marketplace," said de la Vega. "In that that will be the first time that you can truly have a similar experience on your PC, on your tablet, and on your smartphone from Microsoft."
Windows Phone utilizes the same "Metro" interface style that has been incorporated into Windows 8, focusing on a typography-based design and tile elements that are conducive to touch input. The design has been well received, even winning praise from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, however Microsoft's smartphone platform continues to be overshadowed by Android and iPhone in the US market and abroad.
De la Vega's comments arrive on the hells of a report that Nokia may burn through its cash reserves by the end of next year. The Finnish handset maker and the American software giant last year established a partnership to help push the platform forward, as both continue to gain a foothold in the smartphone arena.
Nokia currently faces a lawsuit over allegedly lackluster Lumia sales, however the company claims its Lumia 900 handset has been met with better-than-expected demand in the US. [via ZDNet]