Microsoft and Nokia Prepared to Announce Mobile Deal
Microsoft and Nokia have announced that they are holding a joint press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, at 11AM EST. According to sources cited by CNet, the announcement will likely center around a partnership that brings the mobile versions of Microsoft's Office products to Nokia handsets. The presenters will be Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft's Business Division, and Kai Oistamo, executive vice president of Nokia Devices. The companies declined to provide further details.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft Reorganizes Execs, Stephen Elop to Leave
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has moved around some of the top executives at the company and some are leaving Microsoft. Among those headed out the door is Stephen Elop, who helmed the company's device business.
Microsoft's Jo Harlow to Depart, Too
Microsoft has confirmed that Jo Harlow, head of the company's mobile phones, will leave alongside device chief Stephen Elop in the weeks ahead. Harlow began at Nokia in 2003 and played a role in Nokia's switch to Windows Phone in 2011.
Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones
Microsoft indicated that it is prepared to drop the Nokia brand from its line of Windows Phones. Moving forward, the company will use the Microsoft Lumia name to refer to its phone hardware.