Last month, Nokia shocked everyone by announcing its strategic partnership with Microsoft. Nokia went ahead and confirmed that, Windows Phone 7 would be their primary software platform, instead of the burning “Symbian” platform. Earlier, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop said that the company will launch its first Windows Phone 7 powered device in the Q1 of 2012, but recently in an interview, Stephen Elop told Reuters that, the company have already begun to work on its first Windows Phone 7 device and it might be unveiled before the end of this year, instead of early 2012.
“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,” Elop said. “So there’s a team in place. It’s now a new team of my new leadership, newly minted in terms of their new roles. Now they have to perform.”
The agreement between Microsoft and Nokia has not been finalized yet. According to Elop, the agreement is expected to be finalized in the next few months. Moreover, Microsoft will also pay one billion US dollars to Nokia, as a part of their strategic partnership. Stephen Elop further confirmed that, Microsoft is not trying to buy Nokia and he sees no reason for Microsoft to buy Nokia.
“I’m not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business,” Elop said. “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?”
Before the Nokia-Microsoft deal, the company has also considered partnering with Google, to use their Android operating system on Nokia smartphones, but they later decided that, it would be too difficult to differentiate its smartphones from other Android smartphones manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and LG. Are you planning to buy the Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 powered device? Will it be a hi-end device or a budget phone? Let us know your views in the comments section below.