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.
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.
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'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.
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.