Nokia to partner with Microsoft

Nokia has announced plans to form a “broad strategic partnership” with Microsoft.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.  Microsoft’s Bing will power Nokia’s search services, while Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services.

The partnership will mean that the Symbian platform will be sidelined which is a significant change to Nokia’s strategy over recent years.

Both companies have experienced pressure from competitors Google and Apple but will this alliance be enough to regain their lost marketshare?

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