The decision of the Finnish company of hiring a former Microsoft executive as its CEO may have brought Windows Phone 7 as a choice of operating system, if rumors are true. The board of the company has given the new CEO Stephen Elop green light to change operating systems in an overall change of strategy. Trusted sources say that Windows Phone 7 is not expected to replace Symbian or MeeGo but would be a third choice after all.
According to other contacts, stories that Nokia will use the CTIA handset event in October to launch the N8 with AT&T have to be considered. This would be a major move for Nokia, which has seen its US share collapsing and which has failed in its promises to recover a foothold in US smartphones. This is also believed to be the reason for Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo to have left the CEO position.
Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s mobile lead, officially cast doubt on adopting alternative operating systems such as Android because of leaving Nokia no possibility to differentiate itself from other producers. He had not made any comment on Windows Phone 7, but it will probably be used by Dell, ASUS, HTC, Samsung, LG and others, which would put Nokia in such a position as if it had used Google’s platform.
If Nokia was to pick Windows Phone 7, it would be a minority of Nokia’s market share, but large enough to give Microsoft an increase of influence. On the other hand, the platform would give Nokia an advantage on the US market by providing Americans a locally-made operating system. The European Symbian is far less popular than the iOS of Apple or RIM’s BlackBerry OS.