Despite Microsoft signing partnership deals with other handset vendors, including HTC, the CEO of Nokia believes its relationship with the Windows Phone company remains good. By Paul Rasmussen
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the handset maker’s relationship with Microsoft remains “special” and unchanged despite the software company boosting its Windows Phone 8 partnership deals with other handset vendors. “They’re not sitting in the priority meetings that we’re sitting in,” Elop told a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms conference Wednesday.
Microsoft will jointly market HTC’s first two Windows Phone 8 devices, the Windows Phone 8X and 8S. Analysts claim that Nokia could find that Microsoft will turn into a rival in the future if Microsoft releases its own branded smartphone.
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