Almost two months ago, on February 11, Nokia announced that it had chosen Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 as its “strategic smartphone platform.” The deal was expected to take two months to iron out, and a Nokia bigwig has confirmed that things are going well.
Kai Öistämö, Nokia's Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate Development, said on Monday: ”The negotiations have progressed very well. They will be concluded well on schedule.”
Nokia anticipates a two-year transitional period, as it moves from Symbian to WP7. It’s still not entirely clear when we’ll see the first WP7 handset from Nokia, possibly late 2011 or early 2012.
In the meantime, Nokia has vowed to continue supporting Symbian. Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar recently wrote on Forum.Nokia: “We have been evaluating our Symbian roadmap and now feel confident we will have a strong portfolio of new products during our transition period – i.e. 2011 and 2012.”