We called it; Nokia and Microsoft have formed a relationship that will bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia’s smartphone lineup.
Former Microsoft exec and current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has announced that Nokia and Microsoft have entered into a strategic alliance and will being featuring Microsoft as Nokia’s “principal smartphone strategy”.
Microsoft’s Bing will take over searching for all Nokia phones with Nokia’s Ovi Maps intergrating into Bing and be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping system. Nokia’s content store will of course be imported into Microsoft’s Marketplace.
According to Nokia’s blog site the following steps will take place in this transfer:
• 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
You can see the view the press conference to the left of this article.