Nokia and Microsoft apparently aren’t far from teaming up in an attempt to compete with the dominance of Google and Apple in the smartphone market, according to an unconfirmed report from an inside source.
Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, has allegedly been in talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about getting Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s mobile operating system, on Nokia devices according to Business Week. Nokia did not respond to requests for comment, while a Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment.
Microsoft wasn’t the only one to get the offer, though; Elop supposedly also held talks with Google CEO Eric Schmidt about getting the Android OS on Nokia phones, but that alliance is unlikely to come to fruition, according to yet another anonymous source.
Something Big Is Going to Happen
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Nokia is reaching out and looking to team up. The potential partnership between Nokia and Microsoft is part of what Elop has described as an “attitudinal shift.”
Indeed, it appears that Elop is aware of the current issues that plague Nokia — mostly on account of the stiff competition — as he reportedly issued the following statement to his employees:
“[The company] is standing on a burning platform and we must decide how we are going to change our behavior.”
Nokia is the world’s largest phone maker, but it has run into problems creating successful smartphones. It is shipping devices running Symbian^3 and is working on more advanced models running a new Linux-based operating system called MeeGo. Despite its efforts and many millions spent on research, this company has only a tiny percentage of the lucrative U.S. market.
We may hear more news about whether or not the deal with Microsoft has been clinched when Elop unveils a new strategy for Nokia tomorrow at an event in London.