Nokia and Microsoft are rumored to be in talks about deploying Windows Phone 7 on Nokia smartphones. The source is a blogger Nokia has previously taken actions against.
is reporting that
Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, in a weekly op-ed in Mobile Review, wrote that
Nokia has initiated talks with Microsoft over the last month about working
"They are talking about not the technology exchange, or more Microsoft apps
on Nokia phones," wrote Unwired. "They are talking about the creation of new
line of Windows Phone devices, which could be sold under Nokia brand, via Nokia
distribution channels and have some typical Nokia features."
Nokia's new CEO, Stephen Elop, is the former head of Microsoft's business
division, a fact that suggests such talks might come about with relative ease.
However, when similar news was reported in September, the Finnish phone maker
was quick to respond that its focus is on Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo, and
that it has no plans to add an additional platform.
"This stance was strongly reinforced by our management during Nokia World,"
spokesperson Leo McKay said in a text message, according
, in response to reports by VentureBeat and other blogs that
wrote that Nokia was considering Windows Phone 7.
Several Websites emphasize Murtazin's successful track record in getting the
scoop on such matters. Nokia, for its part, declined to comment on "rumors and
Murtazin is no stranger to the phone maker. In July, Nokia contacted Russian
authorities to help it reclaim company property that it said Murtazin was in
"With regard to the idea that this action is in any way related to Mr.
Murtazin's recent criticisms of the company, we have to emphasise that Nokia
takes all matters relating to the security of its products, confidential and
proprietary information and intellectual property very seriously," Nokia said
in a July 7 statement. "We have asked Mr. Murtazin for the return of all Nokia
property in his possession. As he has declined to reply, we asked the Russian
authorities to assist us."
Nokia added that Murtazin, in addition to blogging, acts as a consultant to
other mobile phone manufacturers, which made his motives in having
"unauthorized Nokia prototypes and other intellectual property" more
With Nokia hustling to compete in the high end of the smartphone market
against Android-running devices, as well as the Apple iPhone, analysts have
suggested that it might be well served to add Android to its platform lineup.
Nokia, however, has insisted it sees a future in MeeGo, its joint effort with
Intel, as well as Symbian - despite Samsung and Sony Ericsson recently
dropping support for the OS. In November, even the Symbian Foundation scaled
back its support of the OS, saying it plans to transition from its current
activities to acting as only a licensing operation. Nokia responded to the news
by again vigorously emphasizing its support, saying that it plans to "continue
to invest its resources"
in the development of Symbian.
"The platform powers hundreds of millions of smartphones - including our own
- and we expect to deliver ongoing support and innovation benefiting the
Symbian ecosystem in the future," Jo Harlow, Nokia's senior vice president
of smartphones, said in a statement responding to the Foundation's
The same day, Fujitsu and Sharp unveiled new smartphones running Symbian, which
Reuters called a "rare show of support for Nokia's waning software platform."