Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit on Wednesday and revealed Nokia plans to show off its Windows Phone devices next week.
Ballmer discussed Windows Phone briefly during his talk at the Web 2.0 Summit on Wednesday and touched on Nokia. He explained he was looking forward to Nokia showing off a “bunch of new devices next week,” indicating that the Finnish handset maker may have multiple devices to show. Ballmer revealed Nokia “will have a chance at their Nokia World show next week to show a bunch of new devices running Windows Phone,” before adding “it should be pretty good.”
Nokia appears to be preparing at least two Windows Phone devices. A number of different codenames and specification lists ha mocksve emerged over the past few weeks, none of them yet confirmed. Nokia is expected to unveil its first Windows Phone powered device at its Nokia World 2011 conference in London later this month. A number of Microsoft employees will also be speaking at Nokia World to detail the latest improvements with Windows Phone 7.5 and presumably some of Nokia’s software improvements. Nokia is believed to be preparing its “Sea Ray” device for the first official public unveiling, alongside another device codenamed the “Ace” or “Sabre”.
Ballmer refused to be drawn into questions on Microsoft’s prospects of building their own Windows Phone. “Our business has been focussed on enabling hardware innovation. We’re focussed on enabling hardware innovation broadly through our industry,” he said. Ballmer also briefly discussed Android and claimed you need to be a computer scientist to use an Android device. “It is very hard to be excited, for me, about the Android phones.”