No way! Well, maybe...
There is one reason that Nokia is struggling in the mobile market these days. It's beholden to its own, outdated operating system. That hasn't changed in more than 30 years. But now it looks like it has no other option but to license out someone else's platform.
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Nokia's presence in the developed parts of the world has declined severely over the last few years. That's because it doesn't have the iPhone and it doesn't do Android. Nokia has its own mobile operating system, Symbian, and has staunchly refused to put any other platform on any of its phones.
In fact, in a different life, Nokia actually sold licenses of Symbian to other manufacturers. That revenue stream is almost completely dried up now. So Nokia is finally looking to drastic measures to remain relevant in the market.
Tech blogger Eldar Murtazin has reported that Nokia initiated discussions with Microsoft to bring the new Windows Phone 7 operating system to future Nokia handsets. Nokia's recently appointed CEO was formerly a Microsoft exec.
The partnership could help both companies out, as Microsoft is also struggling in the mobile world. Windows Phone 7 has sold just a few tens of thousands units since it launched a few weeks ago.
Incidentally, Nokia does still have the highest market share in the global mobile market, but that's because of the millions of inexpensive phones it sells to third-party countries around the world. It has a monopolistic command there. But in the more important areas, it's almost nonexistent these days.
This upcoming CES show will be critically important for Nokia, and if it's going to do something crazy, it may as well do it there.
Via Unwired View