Nokia is rumoured to be in talks with Microsoft for a partnership that could see the smartphone maker developing handsets running on the Windows Phone 7 operating system.
That’s according to Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin, at least, who claims that a newly assembled Nokia management team had met with Microsoft last month to discuss a possible alliance.
While the move might raise a few eyebrows out there, a technological cooperation with Microsoft would at the very least allow Nokia to gain some desperately needed expertise from the software giant and test the waters by adopting a platform other than its own. In return, Microsoft would gain a powerful ally to boost its Windows mobile reboot, which to say has been slow to take off would be putting it mildly.
IDC analyst Al Hilwa said: “I would say that [Windows Phone 7] has much greater alignment with Nokia’s intellectual property DNA than [Google] Android.
“I believe an alignment between these two vendors is a win-win in the industry.”
Hilwa believes that a partnership would give Nokia the “agnostic and opportunistic” break it needs to protect its handset marketshare from rivals such as Samsung and LG, which are already on board with Microsoft’s platform.
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