There’s no mistaking the close relationship between Nokia and Microsoft in the Windows Phone ecosystem, with Nokia the preferred manufacturer for flagship Windows Phone handsets. But before the recent upturn in popularity of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Nokia looked to have been in some trouble financially. Those turbulent times have LED newly-appointed Nokia chief Risto Siilasmaa to disclose in an interview with the YLS Uutiset site that the company has made contingency plans should the WP project hit the rocks.
Not that he doubts that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform will be a success – the recent barnstorming update for this autumn when WP 8 launches seems to be a winner. But Siilasmaa concedes the once-great Symbian OS is all but consigned to history, with market share below 1%. So perhaps a WP8 crash-and-burn would push Nokia to embrace the exploding Android platform? Then the rest of the tech industry will be tempted to gloat, ‘We told you so’.