Nokia and Microsoft form partnership for smartphones

Nokia Windows Phone 7
A new Nokia powered by Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 and a number of other Microsoft services will be used by Nokia as it attempts to drag itself back into contention in the smartphone market.

It had been predicted that Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, who had previously been at Microsoft, would pull the two firms together for some kind of allegiance and now a press release and interview from Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer have confirmed this.

Significantly, Mr Elop announced that Nokia would be banking on Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone operating system. This means that both Symbian and MeeGo will be sidelined, in what can only be a positive step for both firms.

It is not just Windows Phone 7 that is becoming involved in this deal. Nokia’s Ovi services will be integrated into Bing Maps as well as the Ovi Store being assimilated into the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Nokia will not be completely hiding its brand behind Windows Phone 7, as Mr Elop said that it will be creating handsets which live up to its previous successes with cameraphones, although the specs will obviously have to meet the minimum requirements laid out by Microsoft for devices using its software.

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