Nokia begins work on first Windows phones, dismisses Microsoft acquisition rumors


TS Rookie
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed that his company has starting working on the first Nokia smartphones powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. At the same time, he has also denied rumors that Microsoft wants to buy Nokia outright. The agreement between Nokia and Microsoft, which was announced last month, still has to be finalized; this will occur sometime in the next couple of months.

Read the whole story


TS Evangelist
I'm unsure; surely it would have been easier to buy Nokia with that billion dollars they spent on them?


Nokia would have been MUCH more expensive than a cool 1 Billion dollars. In the world of tech giants, $1Bil is really not much. You've got companies like Microsoft spending 1/10th of that just for advertising on their search engine.

What I was going to ask was, is it me or doesn't it seem assinine that failing Nokia would wait until the end of the year to release a Windows 7 phone? What the hell was the point to this entire hooplah if you're going to wait to release a phone when no one cares anymore?


TechSpot Paladin
It's not as if you can just magically have a working phone to release. There's need to develop it, manufacture it and certify it. Nokia may be able to shave a couple of months doing a generic Windows phone, and it's possible that's the only way it will release one this year, but hopefully that won't be the case.


TS Enthusiast
I personally don't think there's ever going to be any acquisition.I mean its Nokia,it has a separate identity.Such a thing won't work out well with the users..


Ex Tech Spotter
"I'm not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business," Elop told Reuters.
I don't think that's true.

Nokia owns NAVTEQ, the GPS navigation database and real-time traffic provider. I also believe Microsoft Bing already has a strategic relationship with NAVTEQ. Bing critically relies on NAVTEQ data and imagery if only that Bing can compete with Google maps and Google Streetview.

I think there may be several reasons MS might want to buy Nokia (all of which would help MS compete against Google and Google offerings which challenge the MS market and products)

/* EDIT */
p.s. Also consider how quickly the gps navigation and apps market has grown. And will continue to grow. Seeing as how it seems Google does its own nav data and imagery collection, i would think MS would want to do so too - or own/control the company that does it for them- so not be dependent on a vendor for it