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Nokia Phones To Run On Windows In 2012

February 17, 2011

Nokia on Wednesday said it’s smartphones in 2012 will carry Windows software and also said it had other potential partners along with Microsoft and Google.

That announcement came after one last Friday saying it would partner with Microsoft to adopt Windows Phone software across all its devices, replacing its own Symbian platform. The move would turn the largest mobile phone producer into a pure hardware developer.

Stephen Elop, Nokia’s chief executive officer, said Tuesday that the firm was aiming to produce a phone running on the Windows operating system by the end of this year.

“These Windows-based products (will be on markets) from 2012 onwards,” Jorma Ollila, Nokia’s board chairman, told Finnish broadcast company YLE.

Microsoft had not been Nokia’s only option, said Ollila, noting that other companies had showed interest in making a deal with the Finnish cell phone maker. “There were Microsoft, Google and our own choice (to continue alone). And in addition to these we also had other suitors.”

He also said that the company was not pressured by shareholders about who should be Nokia’s CEO. Canadian-born Elop took the job last September, becoming the first non-Finn to head up the firm.

Ollila said he would continue to work at Nokia until 2012.

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