Once Again! Nokia and Microsoft Joins Hands 5 Years After a Failed Smartphone Deal

Highlights:

  • Microsoft has announced a strategic collaboration with Nokia on Cloud and Networking
  • Nokia and Microsoft will combine their respective IT and telecoms technologies into joint products for enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs).

Microsoft has invested billions in developing cloud platforms and services for businesses. The company is focused on offering dedicated Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities through Azure. 

Likewise, with its end-to-end 5G solutions, Nokia is grabbing attention in the enterprise market.

Accelerating the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Azure said, “Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios.”

“We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries,” he added.

The President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer, Kathrin Buvac said, “We are thrilled to unite Nokia’s mission-critical networks with Microsoft’s cloud solutions.” 

She further stated, “Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers.”

Previously, Microsoft and Nokia were partners for Windows smartphones. Nokia was the major flagship Windows Phone provider before its devices and services unit was bought by Microsoft in 2013.

However, the decreasing market of Windows Phones by Microsoft forced the company to shift away from mobile devices towards cloud services and software when Satya Nadella was appointed CEO. 

Leaving the legacy of a popular smartphone provider, Nokia reformed itself as one of the major players in telecoms equipment.

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