Nokia boss Stephen Elop has confirmed that work on producing its first handset running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system is already in progress.
Despite reports emerging of the handset not arriving to market until 2012, Elop has told Reuters that it is not resting on its laurels and is actively devoting resources to bring the hotly awaited kit to life by the end of the year.
He said: "We're right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia. That work is already under way. “
Elop, who previously headed Microsoft’s business unit before taking the helm at Espoo, also brushed off speculation surrounding a possible takeover of the Finnish smartphone maker by the Redmond software giant.
"I'm not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business," he said.
"To the extent that a partnership has been formed around what they're really interested in, then what would an acquisition bring other than a good year of anti-trust investigation, huge turmoil, delays?"
Nothing good, we presume. We're not even sure who started these rumours but it does boggle the mind to think that they probably get paid caves full of money to do it.