Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop has grand plans for his company’s future. This morning he and Steve Ballmer announced an official partnership between Microsoft and Nokia.
Elop confirmed that they had been in talks with Google, but Android’s diversity would have made it near impossible to to differentiate Nokia’s products from offerings by HTC, Samsung, Motorola and the others.
2011 and 2012 will be “transition years”, through which Nokia aims to radically cut down R&D spending and boost R&D productivity amongst other matters.
Elop’s said that Nokia engineers have been working with Microsoft engineers for some time now, and already pictures have cropped up of Nokia Windows Phone 7 concepts.
On a special note, Microsoft has given Nokia EXCLUSIVE rights to tweak Windows Phone 7 as they so wish, but whether they do or don’t is arguable.
Is this a match made in heaven, or an unholy union? Let us know in the comments section!