According to report, written by Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, the new devices would carry the Nokia brand and be sold through the company’s retail partners. “Nokia has started talks with Microsoft to expand their cooperation. The talks were initiated by the new Nokia management. And they’re talking not about the technology exchange, or more Microsoft apps on Nokia phones. The’re talking about the creation of new line of Windows Phone devices, which could be sold under Nokia brand, via Nokia distribution channels and have some typical Nokia features.
GigaOm’s Ryan Kim writes that it appears to be a desperate hook-up:
“It’s crazy to think that the world leader in smartphones still doesn’t have a credible answer yet to the iPhone, more than three years after the iPhone’s launch. My advice for Nokia would generally be to develop something in-house so it doesn’t become a commodity smartphone player and isn’t dependent on a third-party for its software.”
Gizmodo notes that the timing of a Microsoft-Nokia partnership is a little odd given Nokia’s commitment to the MeeGo open source mobile operating system. But they also give the concept a “tentative thumb’s up.”