Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, just recently talked briefly about what to expect in the future (beautiful phones) and it now appears that the nice design of Nokia phones is not completely the Finnish manufacturer’s credit, at least that’s what a Microsoft executive seems to imply.
Casey McGee, Microsoft’s Senior Marketing Manager for Windows Phone, said that Microsoft is “so close to the process that it feels like our child too. Especially with Nokia”, while referring to the hardware design. “Our relationship is so close we get hardware early and we have some say in how these things are designed. For an engineer or a designer it might feel a little bit different, but I think for people working with the developers and talking broadly about the phone I am very happy with the relationship and the ability to influence what they are doing”.
It is uncertain how much credit Microsoft has for the colors or for the famous Nokia smile on phones but the above statements surely lead us into believing that the Redmond-based company is, at least until a certain point, responsible for the success (which is just normal given the extremely close relationship between the two companies). Nokia’s failure will also be Microsoft’s mobile phone fiasco and vice versa.
However, this still doesn’t clear up and debunk rumors of a Microsoft-built Windows Phone, like the Surface Phone that pops up occasionally.
Update: We’ve been contacted by Microsoft’s PR who let us know that the comments referenced in the article “were taken out of context in the original story”. Here’s the wording: “Microsoft works closely with all Windows Phone manufacturers to deliver an innovative OS and a well-defined chassis specification so that customers and developers have a great experience across all devices. The hardware and design achievements that manufactures such as Nokia add to the Windows Phone chassis specification are their own.”