Nokia seems to be pretty happy with how its Windows Phone adventure is going so far, with its debut Lumia handsets having set a solid – if not spectacular – foundation for the future.
But while things may be looking up again after a dismal last 18 months, Nokia chairman Jorma Ollila has warned that it may be a while yet before we see that reflected in the company's bottom line.
Last year was very much a transition year for Nokia, with the once-mighty phone maker making a dramatic change of direction in dropping Symbian and MeeGo from its smartphone operations, and adopting Microsoft's Windows Phone instead.
But with the first WinPho handsets only due at the end of the year, it meant Symbian had to hold the fort by itself for most of 2011 – and given that Nokia itself labelled it a “burning platform” in announcing the switch back in February, that was never going to go too well.
But while 2012 has dawned with a far rosier outlook for the Finns, Ollila says it's still going to be a tough year, and the real benefits of its partnership with Microsoft will only start to be seen in 2013 and beyond.
“For a significant part of  the transition will be seen in the results,” he warned, arguing that just like Android and iOS in the past, Windows Phone will take a year or two to properly bed in before it starts gaining any meaningful traction.
“None of the operating systems have taken off quickly,” he told Finnish national broadcaster YLE. “It will take time, as we have seen, and as was expected.”
“When looking at the bigger picture, it shows that three operating systems will dominate in the near future and each of them will have one strong manufacturer, with Nokia having a very good chance to be one of the three.”