A range of Nokia smartphones, powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, could be on the cards.
The move follows talks between the two companies, led by Nokia’s chief executive Stephen Elop, former Microsoft head of business. Elop joined Nokia in September this year with a brief to turn around the mobile phone giant's ailing fortunes.
The claim is made by respected Russian blogger Eldar Murtzain in Mobile Review. He says Elop has initiated talks with Microsoft, about ‘creating an entire line of Windows Phone devices that may go under the name Nokia.’
Nokia’s Symbian-powered smartphones have been struggling to compete against Android and Apple devices and it has yet to launch its MeeGo platform.
Microsoft’s newly launched Windows Phone 7 is also facing a major challenge in trying to grab market share off Apple and Android.
Any such deal would give Nokia’s smartphone range and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 a much needed boost.