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Microsoft: Nokia Windows phone soon

2011-10-20 11:29

Hong Kong - Microsoft said on Thursday that Nokia is going to launch phones using Windows' new mobile operating system next week, giving a major boost to the US firm's come-from-behind phone software business.

Windows Phone division chief Andy Lees said the Nokia devices were a huge development for Microsoft as it struggles to capture a piece of the market for mobile operating systems already dominated by Apple, Google and BlackBerry.

"We are very excited about them [Nokia] being in the market," he told the All Things Digital AsiaD technology conference in Hong Kong.

"They have a lot of resources throughout the world and they will be a major accelerant to us."

Lees said the Finland-based maker of mobile phones saw Microsoft's "road map" for its new operating system and "decided to bet their whole company on Windows Phone based on that".

He said Google, maker of the popular Android operating system for mobile phones, was "very nervous" at Microsoft's entry into the market, even though Windows Phone has a long way to go before it rivals more established products.

"We’ve been working hard on building an architecture that allows us to leapfrog our competitors by using the best components available," Lees said in reference to its hardware partners such as Nokia and Samsung.

Microsoft and Samsung in September announced they would co-operate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

Comments
  • trippygrape - 2011-10-20 12:24

    [QUOTE]He said Google, maker of the popular Android operating system for mobile phones, was "very nervous" at Microsoft's entry into the market[/QUOTE] Yah Microsoft, keep telling yourself that. You were in the mobile market, you left and you've been gone far too long. If your phone OS is anything like your PC OS systems, you have no chance.

      marius.roets - 2011-10-20 17:26

      Their phone OS is much worse than their PC OS. Too little too late for them I'm afraid.

  • Jacques - 2011-10-20 12:26

    wb Nokia

      Rob - 2011-10-20 13:21

      Well, overall Nokia still has the biggest market share in the cell phone market, so they never really left. They only fell behind in the Smartphone segment of the market. This could get interesting though - and could be the beginning of the end for MS and Nokia if these plans are trumped by google and apple. RIM in my book, is a non starter (if you look at their ever declining market share).

  • Preshen - 2011-10-21 08:08

    Nokia se ma

  • Japie - 2012-01-04 13:11

    Read about the Nokia Lumia range of smart phones based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7 @ allaboutnokiasa.wordpress.com

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