It was reported fairly widely this week that it seems we won't be getting any Nokia smartphones running Windows Phone 7 before 2012.
Well, the stories seem to have reached even Nokia CEO Stephen Elop's ears, as the boss has just come out with some soundbites suggesting – vaguely, albeit – that reality will prove otherwise.
In an interview with Reuters published yesterday, Elop sought to appease impatient Nokia fans that things were already well underway in bringing the first Nokia WinPho devices to the market.
“We’re right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia. That work is already under way,” Elop is quoted as saying. He apparently went on to say the aim is to produce the first handset before the end of the year, although given Nokia's track record we'll have to wait and see on that.
Interestingly, he also confirmed recent reports that the agreement to work together between Nokia and Microsoft has still actually to be finalised, though he ruled out speculation that Microsoft is considering buying the Finnish firm outright.
“I’m not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business,” Elop said. “To the extent that a partnership has been formed around what they’re really interested in, then what would an acquisition bring other than a good year of anti-trust investigation, huge turmoil, delays?”