Nokia Now Believes First WP7 Handset Will Launch this Year
Speaking at an event in Singapore today, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the company is on track to release its first Windows Phone 7 handset by the end of the year. Elop said, "I have increased confidence that we will launch our first device based on the Windows platform later this year and we will ship our product in volume in 2012." Nokia has previously been more ambivalent about the launch of its WP7 handsets. Nokia also said that it plans to launch as many as 10 new Symbian handsets during the next 12 months. Nokia is replacing Symbian with Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform moving forward.
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 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 Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 130, a simple, inexpensive handset meant for first-timers and emerging markets. The candybar-style phone runs the Series 30 platform and includes a 1.8-inch screen, stereo headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for memory cards up to 32GB.
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.