It’s no secret that Nokia is struggling in the world of smartphones. Symbian OS is losing ground dramatically, even in its traditional European and Asian strongholds, and Meego is all but stillborn. A rumor has just surfaced that Nokia might be getting on board the Windows Phone 7 train. The rumor starts with a Russian editorial, translated by the Google:
In the last month behind closed doors is a discussion of expanded cooperation Nokia and Microsoft (two-way discussion, initiated by the new leadership of Nokia). Not simply the exchange of technology, but creating an entire line of Windows Phone devices that may go under the name Nokia, through the sales channels for the company, and will also have the characteristic features of its products. This is a desperate measure of the two companies.
These would then be Nokia branded phones, sold via Nokia channels with Nokia’s “characteristic features” (being stunningly behind the times?)
As intensely cool as this would be, I’m not convinced. I don’t know enough about this guy’s background, but according to the chatter from the source, he’s widely known to be anti-Nokia. Let’s call this one a “not very likely” for now.