Microsoft may be trying to cancel Nokia’s tablet plans

The idea that Nokia could finally be making a Windows tablet has been kicking around for a while now, and rumors have taken a few swings at identifying some of the hardware we’d see in this 10.1-inch Windows RT device, codenamed Sirius. While it had started to feel like this model was actually going to launch, some new rumors are singing a different tune, and claim that Microsoft could be trying to kill Sirius as part of its Nokia acquisition deal.

According to Eldar Murtazin, even with the deal not yet finalized, Microsoft is already trying to influence Nokia’s product decisions, and is pushing to cancel this RT tablet in particular. Beyond that, it may also be trying to seriously scale-back the number of Asha devices in Nokia’s lineup.

From these reports, it doesn’t sound like any final decisions have been made, but with Sirius in particular, the message Microsoft is said to be sending amounts to “we don’t want Nokia products competing with Microsoft devices” – in this case, the new Surface models that should be launching next Monday.

That seems rather thin-skinned of Microsoft, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s untrue; in any case, we should learn if anything comes of such rumored negotiations in the coming weeks, based on whether or not Sirius ever surfaces (no pun intended).

Source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter)
Via: WMPoweruser

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