Nokia to take up Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7
A company that once led the mobile-phone market is throwing in its lot with another company. Nokia announced Saturday morning that it will take up Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software in place of its homegrown Symbian. In the agreement, Nokia will offer some of its own software and hardware, such as mapping technologies, to the smartphone operating system Microsoft launched last year to replace the failed Windows Mobile.
A Microsoft news release and an open letter from Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop and his Microsoft counterpart, Steve Ballmer, outline the deal.