Nokia Clarifies Plans To Customize Windows Phone
In an interview with Phone Scoop, Nokia Executive and Board Member Niklas Savander confirmed that Nokia's new deal with Microsoft gives Nokia nearly unlimited freedom to customize Microsoft's Windows Phone smartphone software. He added, however, that the company plans to avoid making changes that would delay OS updates from Microsoft reaching Nokia customers. Therefore, according to Savander, Nokia customizations to Windows Phone will generally fall into two categories: 1. High-level customizations that are easy to bring to new OS versions from Microsoft. 2. Deep customizations that will be implemented in cooperation with Microsoft, folded into the OS, and made available to competing manufacturers.
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 Refreshes the Nokia 105
Microsoft today announced a new version of the Nokia 105, its entry-level feature phone. The Nokia 105 is a bar-style device with a physical keypad and 1.45-inch LCD display.
Nokia Will Design and License Phones Beginning In 2016
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said the company will tackle the mobile phone industry again once its non-compete clause with Microsoft expires next year. Nokia no longer owns any manufacturing facilities and will not make its own phones.
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 Close Nokia Finnish Phone Production Site
Microsoft today confirmed it plans to fully close a facility in Salo, Finland, that was formerly used to create and produce mobile phones. Microsoft will leave the Nokia facilities in Espoo and Tampere open, but plans to cut about 2,300 jobs in Finland in total.