It’s hard to imagine a time when Microsoft and Nokia weren’t blatant bum chums. Nowadays, the two Steves – Ballmer and Elop – go hand in hand (sometimes literally), and Nokia is all about Windows Phone.
In response to a question about the absence of the much-rumoured Microsoft Surface smartphone, Casey McGee, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, says he’s actually quite content simply making the Nokia puppet dance.
Cheeky old Pocket-lint was clearly digging for info about the Microsoft Surface smartphone when it interviewed Casey, suggesting that it might be frustrating for the Windows Phone guys not having their own hardware (while the Windows 8 guys have the Surface tablet).
However, Casey crooned: "We enjoy having the variety that we do. We are so close to the process that it feels like our child too. Especially with Nokia.
"Our relationship is so close we get hardware early and we have some say in how these things are designed. For an engineer or a designer it might feel a little bit different, but I think for people working with the developers and talking broadly about the phone I am very happy with the relationship and the ability to influence what they are doing."
Still, that’s not to say there won’t be a Microsoft Surface smartphone, and it’ll certainly be interesting to observe Nokia’s reaction if – or when – it materialises.