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This further reinforces our belief that opportunities for the growth of Nokia’s smartphone business will be greatest with Windows Phone. This could prove to be a massive catalyst for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Additionally, with our respective intellectual property portfolios, Nokia and Microsoft are working together to build and nurture an innovative ecosystem that benefits consumers, operators, developers and other device manufacturers.
Nokia provided us a with an official statement in regard to Google’s $12.5 billion bid to purchase Motorola Mobility(s mmi), suggesting the deal could be good for Microsoft’s(s msft) mobile platform. I agree and alluded to that potential earlier today saying, “Now that Google will in some sense be competing with its hardware partners, some of them could choose to invest more resources in Microsoft’s platform as a result. In that scenario, Microsoft wins by gathering more handset support without needing to buy a hardware maker.”
Google(s goog) has said it will run Motorola as a separate business, but that may not prevent current Android handset makers from fully trusting Google going forward. Instead of fully embracing Android then, where else can these companies turn but to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, which is the last major mobile platform available for licensing? Call me crazy, but for the first time since the Apple iPhone(s aapl) was introduced, I actually think Nokia is in a good position!