Elop: Windows 8 tablets an 'interesting opportunity' for Nokia

Elop: Windows 8 tablets an 'interesting opportunity' for NokiaSo, Nokia fans, the Windows Phone era is with us. Excited? Disappointed? After such a long and protracted build-up it's probably a bit of both we'd imagine.

However, there's no reason for things to stand still now that the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 have been unveiled: next up for the Nokia rumour express is the subject of tablets.

As you're no doubt aware, Nokia doesn't do tablets. Not unless you count the N900's billing as an 'internet tablet', which we happily forgave at the time but simply can't take seriously any more now that a real tablet market has emerged.

But that doesn't mean Nokia isn't interested in tablets – and company CEO Stephen Elop confirmed as much in an interview with the Financial Times.

“One of the things that we are excited about in terms of support for the Windows Phone are the announcements made around Windows 8 for tablets and personal computers,” Elop said.

“When you see the user experience from the Nokia Lumia environment appearing on hundreds of millions of tablets and PCs in the future, you can see that there is a clear synergy between all those environments. So that presents an interesting opportunity for Nokia.”

Read it through a few times, though, and it's a statement that appears to say more than it really does. All Elop is saying is that recent revelations have made it clear that Windows 8 is being designed around the same Metro UI as Windows Phone, which means the two platforms will have a lot in common – hence the “interesting opportunity” for Nokia.

Elop is no doubt painfully aware that Nokia is now the only leading phone maker not present in the tablet market (now that Sony Ericsson has been gobbled up by the Sony mothership). But for our money, Nokia is far better putting all its resources into turning around its smartphone fortunes before it even thinks about giving tablets a go.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 30, 2011 at 11:16

"synergy between all those devices"? Oh, Mr Elop, does anything you say mean anything? Do you know old Bucky Fuller? No? Synergise your butt :p

In fairness, prior to the N900 Nokia popularised the term "internet tablet" with the N770 and up. Homescreen widgets, an appstore and all that.


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