If you’re at a loose end tonight, you might want to crank things up a notch with this 200-page PDF posted on nokia.com. And just what the hell is this behemoth of a document? Why it’s a Form 20-F, of course, which the Finns recently filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Joking aside, the document reveals some pretty interesting information about the planned transition from Symbian to Windows Phone 7. On page 13, Nokia states that it expects the process to take “about two years”.
Apparently Elop and Ballmer have “entered into a nonbinding term sheet… the planned partnership with Microsoft remains subject to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements by the parties.”
Skipping ahead to page 78, Nokia reveals its ambitious plans to “retain and transition the installed base of approximately 200 million Symbian owners to Nokia Windows Phone smartphones over time. We expect to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come, supported by our plan to deliver additional user interface and hardware enhancements.”
And what about the elusive MeeGo, which was revealed over a year ago? “We will continue our development of MeeGo at an appropriate level as part of our longer-term market exploration of next generation devices, platforms and user experiences.”
So there you have it. It’ll be 2013 before things finally settle down for the Finns. Good luck to you, sirs.