Elop: Nokia is still Microsoft's 'special' friend

Elop: Nokia is still Microsoft's 'special' friendNokia boss Stephen Elop says his company's relationship with Microsoft is as strong as ever despite the latter's entry into the mobile hardware business and strong competition from rival Windows Phone manufacturers.

Speaking at a telecoms conference in Barcelona, Elop insisted Nokia still had a “special” relationship with his former employers, one that gave it a seat at the table in high-level meetings other Windows Phone makers weren't invited to.

Along with the near-simultaneous launch of all-new versions of both Windows and Windows Phone this year, Microsoft has also introduced its first own-brand tablet, the Surface, and rumours are rife that it's looking seriously at a smartphone equivalent too.

In the meantime, both HTC (with the 8X and 8S) and Samsung (with the Ativ) have produced strong rivals to Nokia's Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 – in fact, HTC proclaimed the 8X and 8S as WinPho “signature phones” at the official launch event, with Ballmer very much in attendance and happy to help with the cheer-leading.

But Elop says Nokia's preferred status is very much still in place, despite how individual devices might stack up against each other.

“They're not sitting in the priority meetings that we're sitting in,” Elop said of Nokia's Windows Phone competitors.

Fair enough, but they're still producing some fairly impressive devices all the same. We wouldn't advise lingering in those meetings too long, Stephen...

Via Reuters

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Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:20

Is that MS in the corner sniggering?

Eloppole  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:32

"They're not sitting in the priority meetings that we're sitting in,” Elop said of Nokia's Windows Phone competitors."

Yeah, they're sitting in separate priority meetings without Nokia. Is Elop really that gullible or does he think Nokia shareholders are?

Stelph  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:36

Ah inbetweeners :)

FRIEND!...... SPECIAL FRIEND!..... WINDOWS FRIEND!

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:41

Impressive to find two people in one picture who are smiling less convincingly than Gordon Brown did

Feels similar to these two too.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f1/Bert_and_Ernie.JPG/250px-Bert_and_Ernie.JPG

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:46

"They're not sitting in the priority meetings that we're sitting in,” Elop said of Nokia's Windows Phone competitors."

Yeah, they're sitting in separate priority meetings without Nokia. Is Elop really that gullible or does he think Nokia shareholders are?


hahaha well put :D

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:52

Yeah but those are lower priority meetings...

Thinking the somewhat muted response to MSs surface could dissuade them from a surface phone

Sunanda  Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:17

Two cheaters!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:22

Two cheaters!

quite possibly, yes ;)

Tell us how many Lumia 920 devices you shipped, Mr Elop. And then say it again. And again - only faster. Until it sounds plausible.
Cause a lot of people are wondering!!!

ExSendoManager  Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:47

Mr Elop clearly has failed to learn from the Sendo-Microsoft mobile phone link-up .. and subsequent bust-up ... a decade earlier.

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 13:30

Shipped or sold? ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 15, 2012 at 13:50

Shipped or sold? ;)
0 isn't a very big number... :p

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 13:54

Mr Elop clearly has failed to learn from the Sendo-Microsoft mobile phone link-up .. and subsequent bust-up ... a decade earlier.


Don't recall that. Think I had a sendo clamshell at one point.

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 13:56

Shipped or sold? ;)
0 isn't a very big number... :p


Now now, it's definitely more than that I've read the issues with it and the 8x too, unless we are talking purely in millions... ;)

ExSendoManager  Nov. 15, 2012 at 17:06

>> Don't recall that. Think I had a sendo clamshell at one point.


Sendo and Microsoft teamed up to produce the first Microsoft Windows Smartphone in 2000 or 2001.

All went well for a while .. until there was a huge bust up and a major court case.

If you Google Sendo and Microsoft you will find that it was a BIG story at the time.

Anecdote: I was at an event in London in late 2002. I had a very early Sendo Z100 prototype on me and was watching BBC TV coverage of the event live in the street, being streamed to the phone. Nobody had ever seen anything like it! All bog standard now 'tho !

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