Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

Summary: Nokia has already begun work on Windows Phone handsets, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop told Reuters. Simultaneously, Elop dismisses claims that Microsoft is interested in buying Nokia outright.

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Nokia has already begun work on Windows Phone handsets, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop told Reuters. Simultaneously, Elop dismisses claims that Microsoft is interested in buying Nokia outright.

Elop's message is clear:

"We're right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia. That work is already under way. If this was an acquisition scenario, that wouldn't be possible."

Notice though, how once again the number '7' is not mentioned, which leads me to believe that the first Nokia Windows Phone handsets will be running the updated 'Mango' WP7.5 OS, expected to be on handsets by the end of the year.

Note: It is important to note that when talking about Nokia WP handsets, both Nokia and Microsoft have always said 'Windows Phone' and never 'Windows Phone 7.' This little detail is significant.

The rumors of a Microsoft takeover of Nokia never really made sense to me.

I think that Nokia will be key to Microsoft's plans to get WP7.5 handsets onto the market. Word I'm hearing from connections now is that sales of WP7 handsets have been sluggish and that a number of handset OEMs are already considering a reduction on their WP lineup for the future. If this turns out to be the case, Microsoft having Nokia on hand to pad out the handset lineup will be key.

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  • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

    @AKH
    "Word I?m hearing from connections now is that sales of WP7 handsets have been sluggish and that a number of handset OEMs are already considering a reduction on their WP lineup for the future."
    Do you have proof for it, I need concrete proof, like a link? Or is it just convolutional plot to go against Microsoft with your FUDSpread
    Ram U
    • The Windows Phone 7 train wreck

      @Rama.NET - Sony Ericsson previously displayed a Windows Phone 7 prototype. Now S-E has said it will never sell that handset.

      From Nokia's stock market submissions, we know Nokia has a preferential deal with Microsoft. Why would Samsung want to prop up Windows Phone 7 until its competitor can move in with a preferential deal?

      Windows Phone 7 is already a flop. It is not selling, and headed in the same direction as Microsoft's Kin phones.
      Vbitrate
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @zndac
        SE has dropped from day one and they never said they wouldn't either. Since XBL on WP7 directly competes with their technology bringing SE's choice as your response is a moot point. And I know you are one simple Anti Microsoft troll, so I don't count your opinion. I want something concrete like I mentioned from an analyst or from a reliable source information like LG, Samsung, HTC, Dell insider information and links to prove it is a genuine. Otherwise I think it is one of AKH's convoluted diabolical experiment to just spread FUD on Windows Phone, and he is doing this because he may not get his weekly allowance if he doesn't do from his direct commanders. Sorry AKH, you proved once more that you are a troll by not replying us with concrete links.
        Ram U
      • Sure. So I'll invest based on your vast experience in these things

        @zndac
        When pigs fly! LOL!!
        Will Farrell
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @zndac LOL! Windows Phone has already far outstripped Kin you dumbass. They're not even remotely comparable.
        JoeHTH
    • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

      @Rama.NET
      What would concern me is, Microsoft?s refusal to specify the number of phones sold to customers. Microsoft has the data, but is not letting anyone know.
      Rick_K
      • I know. I feel the same way

        @Rick_K
        about iPhone sales on Verizon. Nobody's released any sales figures and it's been over a month.

        As a shareholder, I deserve to know.
        John Zern
      • I totally agree

        @Rick_K
        I personally would never buy a product unless it was selling millions of units. How would you ever know that the product was any good if it wasn't selling well??
        edtimes
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @Rick_K : Why does it concern you? Aren't you a user of Apple products and a staunch defender of that company? You accept absolutely no criticism whatsoever of your idol. Why are you "concerned" then with WP? What do you care about it?
        nomorebs
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @Rick_K
        Ok, I give you one on this. If it is not official there are estimations and I can give you this one, http://www.wpcentral.com/877-000-windows-phone-units-sold-february
        Yes, it is only a guess work, the figures are close to whatever Microsoft mentioned about the licenses it sold, ok in your words number of stickers.
        Ram U
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @Rama.NET
        Given Microsoft?s almost narcissistic need to crow about sales, the fact that they?re quite speaks volumes. Especially in light of all the press releases on the Kinect. Granted when the final purchase of Nokia is completed, I am sure there will be some press release on how they suddenly have 200 million licenses sold.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @Rick_K
        "What would concern me is, Microsofts refusal to specify the number of phones sold to customers. Microsoft has the data, but is not letting anyone know. "

        This is not a minor issue. Look at how MS trumpeted its success with Kinect. Also look at how MS published downloads of IE9 after only 24 hours (apparently there were 2.3 million downloads). Yet, MS hid news of Kin sales for a long time and it continues to "hide" sales of WP7 phones. One implication from these types of examples is that MS trumps success very quickly and hides failure very quickly. In fairness, in that regard, they are no different to any other company. Nonetheless, it does lead to the possibility that MS is providing little information on WP7 sales because they are not as good as anticipated. There may be other reasons, but I doubt it . . .
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @John Zern Actually Verizon is going to release those figures later on this month from what I've seen in reports online.
        bizarrosteveballmer
    • Man, he is citing "off-the-record" comments...

      Since Microsoft has not acknowledged any numbers, and most OEMs are "tight lipped" by NDA, it's obvious that nobody will accept be quoted by him.

      So please disarm your "Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction" alert and face the imminent truth. WP7 has not sold well, else Microsoft would be shouting out loud their "utter" success. No FUD, no anti-Microsoft anything.

      Else, please furnish the links or facts where outstanding WP7 sales are listed and we can save us a troll war.
      cosuna
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @cosuna
        Hear, Hear. We well know you are one of the Linux Zealot and what should we expect from you.
        Ram U
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @cosuna Talk to me in a year you idiot. Not mere months after the brand new OS was released.
        JoeHTH
    • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

      @Rama.NET

      Can you provide a link to prove his statement false?
      Didn't think so.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

        @Return_of_the_jedi <br>I am not the blogger of this article and am not writing for ZDNET. I am not rubbing my personal opinions or word of mouth rumors (I really don't trust those) like he did on my readers' face if I ever write blogs like this. <br><br>It seems it did hurt you.
        Ram U
  • RE: Nokia: Work has begun on Windows Phone handsets

    yep, its going to have WP (mango) 7.2 and is going to be released in Europe this September.
    5ri
    • Windows Phone 7 is plagued with slow updates

      @5ri - Neither Nokia's handset, nor Microsoft's 'Mango' update will be available this year.

      While 'Mango' (or should that be called 'Lemon') may be completed by December, it will take months for the handset OEMs to allow it through. You won't see any of it until 2012.

      The only feature that Microsoft will add to Windows Phone 7 in 2011 is Copy-&-Paste, which should never have been left out in the first place.

      This slow update pace shows that Microsoft has given up on Windows Phone 7 already.
      Vbitrate