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Since taking over the reigns as Nokia’s(s nok) CEO in Sept. 2010, Stephen Elop has done what was considered unthinkable: Abandon Nokia’s Symbian platform in favor of Microsoft’s(s msft) Windows phone software. Nokia’s smartphone sales have slumped in relation to its peers since then, but the first fruits of Nokia’s new strategy are here in the Lumia 710 and 800 smartphones. These are just the start, according to Elop, with whom I recently met in New York City.
Here’s what Elop had to say about the company’s new phone strategy in addition to the decision to partner with Microsoft instead of Google(s goog), how U.S. carrier negotiations are proceeding and what plans Nokia may have in the fast growing tablet space.