Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage at Nokia’s Strategy and Financial Briefing on Friday.
The charismatic CEO spoke about the opportunities for Nokia and Windows Phone 7 in the future. “This partnership with Nokia will accelerate, dramatically accelerate the development of a vibrant and strong Windows Phone ecosystem,” said Ballmer. “Nokia’s Location and mapping services will improve our joint experience”.
“Nokia will work with us to push hardware advances” said Ballmer. “This alliance will unlock new opportunities for developers and service providers.” The partnership is non-exclusive and will involve Nokia manufacturing a new Windows Phone 7 device added Ballmer.
Ballmer also confirmed that both companies have been working on a Nokia Windows Phone 7. Microsoft and Nokia have both reached out to chip providers and Ballmer claims the company’s will share more information “over the next weeks and months.” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop later confirmed that the company will be able to create a Windows Phone 7 quickly thanks to joint-engineering efforts.
Microsoft and Nokia both announced a strategic partnership on Friday allowing Nokia to create a range of Windows Phone 7 devices. The announcement came days after Nokia CEO Stephen Elop issued a 1,300 word internal memo to the company’s employees recently spelling. Elop admitted throughout the memo that competitors are doing better and that Nokia’s current ecosystem is a “burning platform”.
Rumors of a Nokia Windows Phone 7 partnership were rife since Elop’s departure from Microsoft to Nokia in September, 2010. Speculation began when it was reported that Nokia was in talks with Microsoft to look at offering Windows Phone 7 devices. The talks were kick started by Nokia’s new management. Stephen Elop, ex-Microsoft employee, joined Nokia last year as the company’s CEO.