Nokia in talks with Microsoft about making Windows Phone handsets [Yep, this rumor again]

Ever since Stephen Elop became the CEO of Nokia earlier this year, many in the industry have suspected that he’ll use his former ties with Microsoft to get the Finnish handset firm to start making Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones. It’s a rumors that has popped up week after week, month after month, and now here it is again, thanks to Eldar Murtazin of the famous Russian site Mobile-Review, who says nothing that we haven’t heard before, that Nokia has recently been having talks with Microsoft behind closed doors, and that said talks were started by Nokia. Having a meeting and making products are two totally different things. When Andy Rubin, the head of Google’s Android project, was recently asking if he’s had meetings with Nokia, he said he couldn’t comment. So again, can someone write a story saying that Nokia is going to start making Android handsets? Yes, and many have.

Nokia once bet their future on Symbian, made the Symbian Foundation so that other handset players can also use the operating system, but in the end they ended swallowing Symbian back inside and closed the barely 2 year old Symbian Foundation. Now they’re saying that MeeGo is the future, and that in 2011 they’ll introduce a user interface unlike anything the market has seen before. We believe them, especially after former Palm webOS designer Peter Skillman joined the team, but what if it fails to take off? Going with Android would be like “peeing your pants in the winter to keep warm” according to outgoing executive Anssi Vanjoki, so how would going with Windows Phone 7 fix things?

Nokia’s talent is scale. They place large orders for components and that enables them to undercut nearly everyone on price. They used to innovate, but something happened during the past few years that stopped any and all bright ideas from turning into products. Switching smartphone platform is a nice short term way to gain sales, but what happens after that?

  • Nokia needs to do something. They’re bleeding users all over the place. I’d prefer if they made Android phones over WP7 devices, but Symbian is not the future. MeeGo could have promise, but I think tapping into the existing Android ecosystem makes more sense. Nokia has always made great hardware.

  • Nokia needs to do something. They’re bleeding users all over the place. I’d prefer if they made Android phones over WP7 devices, but Symbian is not the future. MeeGo could have promise, but I think tapping into the existing Android ecosystem makes more sense. Nokia has always made great hardware.

    • Anonymous

      Well, their Symbian^3 devices are selling quite well here in my region. The N8 in particular is nearly sold-out almost constantly in most operator shops, only one other phone sells as well right now, and that’s the iPhone4.

      So, I wouldn’t draw conclusions too quickly.

      • The problem is that – as far as I can tell – Nokia are is severe danger of being sidelined as all the hype over smartphones relates to apps… which means iPhone (and occasionally Android) in most people’s eyes.

        The only example I’ve seen all year where a Nokia app has been given prominence is for the X-Factor TV show here in the UK… but one (albeit rather large) endorsement won’t reverse the trend, as the Gartner Q3 figures server only to confirm.

        • Proof of the sidelining can be seen right here… where’s the Symbian section?

          • Anonymous

            They like pretending they are unbiased but there’s not section for the biggest smartphone OS on the planet.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe, but 3 here are pushing the C7 pretty heavily by constantly telling people about this and that app for it, with big posters showing icons from apps that can be purchased on the Ovi Store. Also, the biggest mobile site here in Denmark (mobilsiden.dk), have started to write about Ovi apps and games, alongside iPhone and Android, and may I point out that Denmark is a very iPhone-centric country – esspecially the mainstream media, propably THE iPhone country in northern Europe.

          • I get the feeling the UK is almost as blinkered – as often as not if you see the phrase “check out our new app” you can almost guarantee that it will be for iPhone, and in most cases exclusive to it.

            I’m a 3 customer here – and at the moment they’re pushing the iPad as hard as they can

          • I get the feeling the UK is almost as blinkered – as often as not if you see the phrase “check out our new app” you can almost guarantee that it will be for iPhone, and in most cases exclusive to it.

            I’m a 3 customer here – and at the moment they’re pushing the iPad as hard as they can

      • Maybe I should reframe my viewpoint somewhat. I recognize that Nokia is still the world’s largest smartphone maker and it sells quite well in several international markets, but it’s really hurting in North America relative to the rise of its competitors.

  • Looks like Eldar’s has become a tool in Nokia’s internal warfare.

    It REALLY seems that somebody wanted to send a strong message to its own middle management, “get your act together or we’ll relegate you to Windows Phone shippers” – we must remember, ‘partners’ CANNOT customize Windows Phone much beyond harmless tiles and some things like that.

  • Anonymous

    Nokia + Microsoft = a colossus of mediocrity in the smartphone industry.

    One of the few good reasons why people still buy a Nokia phone is because… it is NOT a Windows phone.

    Obvious point, but meditate on that.

  • The smart Phone market tough these days The Iphone is tough to beat and you cannot get a license from Apple to make and sell your own. Since Nokia is a phone manufacturer they should sell androids and Microsoft windows phone 7 because Android Phones are selling well worldwide and in American Microsoft’s windows phone 7 is not going away like the Kin phone did and it’s Phones features are being increased to make it a great smart phone people will buy because not everyone wants an Iphone or Android phones. A really great phone manufaturer has phones with many operating systems so they sell phones to Various People who have differant tastes in phone models

  • A death helps a dead. Nobody wants this closed OPERATING SYSTEM

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