Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for Strategic Partnership


Technology News Compiled by Sherin Dev

London, UK – Nokia today outlined its new strategic direction, including changes in leadership and operational structure to accelerate the company’s speed of execution in a dynamic competitive environment.

nokia-8147852Major elements of the new strategy include:

– Plans for a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new global mobile ecosystem; Windows Phone would serve as Nokia’s primary smartphone platform.

– A renewed approach to capture volume and value growth to connect “the next billion” to the Internet in developing growth markets

– Focused investments in next-generation disruptive technologies

– A new leadership team and organizational structure with a clear focus on speed, results and accountability

Here’s a quick summary of what learned from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft

• Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.• Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.• Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.• Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter will provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.• Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.• Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements will make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.• Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.• Microsoft will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services so customers can do more with their phone, across their work and personal lives.

• Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

Read more stories directly from source:

1. Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership

2. Nokia outlines new strategy, introduces new leadership, operational structure
3. Nokia provides financial targets and forecasts linked to new strategy
4. Companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products 508719-2125806