Nokia Windows Phones coming soon

Nokia late last week announced a long-term partnership with Microsoft, an alliance that will bring “a new ecosystem to the world of mobile devices” it said. This means that future Nokia smartphones will operate on Microsoft's mobile operating system — Windows Phone 7.

Nokia Microsoft partnership
I know you got this question in mind: What will happen to Symbian OS and Maemo?

I think these platforms will still be around; these will come with cheaper and simplier Nokia mobile phones. In fact, Nokia said they will roll out user interface improvements to Symbian this year which will further enhance the existing software and make it even easier to use.

Going back to the Nokia + Microsoft partneship. What do we expect? A lot.

Nokia in a blog post mentioned that multitasking, Twitter, copy and paste are some of the features to come to Windows Phone. Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have these features yet but they will, soon, although no information as to what Nokia smartphone model(s) will be launched (or reformatted if it's even possible) for that has been disclosed.

According to a Microsoft press release, explained by Nokia:
  • The first major update to roll out from Microsoft will take place during the first two weeks of March, and will include copy and paste functionality as well as faster application performance.
  • Support for CDMA networks will be added in the first half of 2011 to give more people on mobile operators such as Verizon and Sprint access to Windows Phone. This wasn’t on the press release, but was written by Andy Lees, President, Mobile Communications Business on a blog post named Accelerating the Windows Phone Ecosystem.
  • Twitter fans will be happy to hear that the network has been integrated into the People Hub, similar to the way Facebook is already. Will be available in the second half of 2011.
  • Sharing of documents will be made easier via Windows Live SkyDrive, using cloud-based technology. Think of it as a type of online folder, but for Windows Phone.
  • Internet Explorer 9 will be added to bring you an up-to-date Internet browsing experience. Featuring HTML5 and the same hardware accelerated graphics you’ll find on the PC version, the experience from PC to mobile should almost be identical. IE9 Mobile will be available for Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011.
  • Multitasking will be added to allow for the simultaneous running of third-party apps, flicking from one to the other when needed.
All of these features will be added over the course of this year, Nokia said. Microsoft, meanwhile, is targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012 (tech news sources predict it may come in 2011, sooner than expected, due to public clamor).

What do Nokia Windows Phones look like? Engadget has revealed the following concept.

Nokia Windows Phones concept
This is something great to look forward to.