Nokia looking at Windows 8 tablet opportunity ‘very carefully’

by David Needle

February 27 2012

Will Nokia add a Windows 8 tablet to the Windows Phone 7 smartphones it's already making? (Shown above the Nokia Lumia 710)
Will Nokia add a Windows 8 tablet to the Windows Phone 7 smartphones it's already making? (Shown above the Nokia Lumia 710)

Nokia’s CEO wasn’t as direct as other executives at the Finnish phone maker have been about building a Windows 8 tablet, but he all but confirmed one is in the works.

In an interview at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop told the New York Times that his company is happy with the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 software it’s now using in its Lumia line of smartphones and the possibility of moving to Windows 8-based tablets is attractive. 

“We look very closely at what is coming out of Microsoft in terms of Windows 8,’’ Elop said. “We are very, very pleased with the consistency of the user experience that is coming from the Windows phone and moving up onto tablets and slates and PCs as Windows 8. So we look at those things and say, boy, if there’s a family opportunity there, that’s something we’ll look at very carefully.’’

Adding tablets to its lineup wouldn’t be new for Nokia, but earlier models ran Nokia’s Symbian operating system that it’s phasing out in favor of Microsoft’s software. 

Paul Amsellem, the general manager of Nokia in France, told the Parisian newspaper Les Echos back in November that his company was planning to release a Windows 8 tablet. 

"In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8” Amsellem said in the Les Echos story. 

Obviously, now that it’s clearer the commercial shipping of version of Windows 8 won’t be released until at least the fall, any Windows 8 tablet from Nokia won’t be out until closer to that timeframe.

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