Nokia Crisis: Windows Phone Hookup Seems Likely

February 9, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Adding to previous rumours and conjecture, an internal memo at Nokia has seen new CEO Stephen Elop describe the once-successful mobile manufacturer as standing on a “burning platform” – where only a leap into the unknown can avoid certain death.

Nokia/Windows Phone hookup seems likely

The memo turned up at Engadget, and instantly became the natural focus of a great deal of speculation online about just what the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer will do next.

“The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience.”

“Android came on the scene just over two years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.”

Following previous rumours, it is looking increasingly likely that Nokia will either develop a brand new mobile operating system to replace the aging Symbian platform – likely to be expensive and potentially dangerous – or plump for inviting a new OS partner. As the days roll on, this partner is looking increasingly like Elop’s former employers, Microsoft.

If anyone out there was hoping for a Nokia Android device, the chances of this happening got extremely long following Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra’s recent Tweet in which he stated “Two Turkeys do not make an Eagle”.

Thankfully, the endless speculation about the fate of this fallen giant is set to come to a swift end on Friday, when an announcement about Nokia’s immediate and long-term future will be made.

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