Nokia could bring a Windows Phone 7 smartphone to market, it has been claimed, despite its steadfast refusal so far to use any platform other than its proprietary Symbian and Meego operating systems.
According to Venture Beat, the company will use Microsoft’s OS as an “additional platform” for its handsets rather than completely abandon the much-criticised Symbian.
A “trusted source” cited by the business and tech news provider claims that the radical move has been facilitated by the appointment of ex Microsoft man Stephen Elop as Nokia's new Chief Executive Officer.
Elop has reportedly been given carte blanche to “change the company’s strategy” and this remit includes deciding which platforms to support.
News that Nokia could be mulling adopting a rival’s operating system comes after outgoing Vice President Anssi Vanjossi yesterday admitted that the company’s recent struggles are largely due to Symbian’s failure to compete with Google’s voguish Android platform.
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