Microsoft In Talks With Nokia Over Windows Mobile

Surely, the unthinkable isn't being thought?

Nokia recently announced that it has a monstrous 40 per cent of the mobile phone market and its OS of choice, Symbian, has a vice like grip of 72 per cent. By contrast Windows Mobile dawdles behind with around six per cent, so why would this happen…?

According to IT Wire, the Finnish phone giant is in talks with Microsoft to bring its iffy Windows Mobile operating system to its handsets.

“They obviously have significant investments in Symbian but there are a lot of places where we have significant synergies and we would love to see the day where those synergies would extend completely with Windows Mobile,” said John Starkweather, Microsoft’s Marketing Director of its Mobile Comms Business. “We work closely with Nokia and we would love to have them go all the way. It’s something we talk about all the time,” he added.

Now first things first, let’s get some perspective on this. These comments are causing some sensationalist headlines around the web but when you look more closely they are purely ”aspirational”. ”’Of course”’ Microsoft would love to be in bed with Nokia, but Nokia certainly hasn’t come forward and said it wishes to be snuggle buddies with Microsoft.

Personally speaking I’m not convinced about this union even though Windows Mobile 7 shows great promise. After all, what users love about Nokia phones is their simplicity, usability and reliability – plaudits which certainly can’t be applied to Windows Mobile in any shape or form.

So possible? In theory anything is. Probable? Not for a long time…

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