Work on Nokia Windows Phone work under way – finished by end of year, on sale 2012 – No plans for MS to buy Nokia (not that Elop’s aware of…)

| March 18, 2011 | 44 Replies

From a post a couple of days or so back – that semiaccurate link suggested MS buy of Nokia is an inevitability. In an interview with Reuters today, Elops main focus of discussion is how Microsoft is NOT buying Nokia of which he says 1) he’s not aware of any plans 2) would be bad for business and 3) would currently not be possible due to current situations…(well when that is over…)

1) “I’m not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business,”

2) “To the extent that a partnership has been formed around what they’re really interested in, then what would an acquisition bring other than a good year of anti-trust investigation, huge turmoil, delays”

3)”We’re right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia. That work is already under way. If this was an acquisition scenario, that wouldn’t be possible,”

So – was that enough to convince doubters?

On the Nokia Windows Phone device: Harlow mentioned in February that Nokia and Microsoft guys have already been working on. Elop has just mentioned that work is already under way (though it should damn well have). I may have read Reuter’s piece wrong as there’s no quote of Elop but Reuters reckons Elop is aiming Nokia’s Windows Phone will be completed by the end of the year and on sale in 2012 (woah, when in 2012 though? Like 31-12-2012? But doesn’t the world end on 21-12-2012? What will come first?)

“Nokia’s chairman has said Windows-based Nokia phones will be on sale from 2012, though Elop has said he aims to produce a Windows phone by the end of this year.”

Based on what has been mentioned in MWC, we thought Windows Phone from Nokia should be out this year, even hinting on an uncertainty whether it’s Q1 or Q2 Sorry typo – H1/H2. Now we’re not even sure if it’s coming this year. This is why some have speculated why Nokia suddenly has reignited interests in Symbian (though equally others would say that Nokia did not communicate effectively enough the full aims of the new Strategy)

via Reuters

Cheers for the tip Arts!



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