Nokia CEO Says First Windows Phones Due this Quarter
Nokia will debut its first smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform this quarter, said CEO Stephen Elop at a conference today. Reuters reports that Nokia is expected to debut its first such device at its own Nokia World conference, scheduled for the week of October 24. Further, Elop contends that there is room in the market for a third major smartphone ecosystem (after Google's Android and Apple's iOS) and he believes it will be Windows Phone. "Our belief is that there is a clear opportunity for an alternative ecosystem," he said. Earlier this year, Nokia abandoned its own Symbian and MeeGo smartphone platforms in favor of Microsoft's. The company has indicated more than once that it expects to bring its first WP7 device to market by the end of the year.
Nokia Pins Smartphone Comeback on HMD Global
Nokia today said it plans to return to the smartphone business during the first half of 2017 through its partnership with HMD Global. HMD Global recently completed a series of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited, and Microsoft that will allow it to make phones bearing the Nokia brand.
Microsoft Prepared to Cut More Jobs
Microsoft is planning to announce a new round of layoffs as early as today, reports the New York Times. Many of the cuts will target employees in Microsoft's hardware group, such as the smartphone unit it bought from Nokia in 2014.
Nokia Reiterates Path to New Phones Is Complicated
Nokia has again affirmed its plans to bring Nokia-branded handsets back to the market eventually, but warned that things won't be as they were. Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft in 2014.
Microsoft to Cut 1,850 Smartphone Workers
Microsoft today said it plans to further streamline its smartphone business, an action that includes job cuts and restructuring charges. The company plans to cut 1,350 jobs from its facilities in Finland, as well as another 500 jobs globally.