With Nokia posting encouraging news about the sales of their Windows Phone 7 handsets, with also posting disappointing news about the sales of their Symbian phones, CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber made the obvious suggestion.
â€œThe big challenge for Nokia now is that we are seeing a crumbling of demand for Symbian that’s in excess of Nokia’s predictions and essentially it has to accelerate this transition to Windows Phone and move Windows phones down the line that much faster,â€ he told PC Pro.
Stephen Elop is ready to take on the challenge, saying:
â€œIn the war of ecosystems, clearly there are some strong contenders already on the field and with Lumia we have demonstrated that we belong on the field,â€ said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
â€œOur specific intent has been to establish a beachhead in this war of ecosystems, and country by country that is what we are now accomplishing. To date, we have sold well over a million Lumia devices. From this beachhead, you will see us push forward with the sales, marketing and successive product introductions necessary to be successful.â€
Nokia and Microsoftâ€™s primary challenge is getting Windows Phone cheap enough for users in their primary markets while making sure it has the functionality expected in those locales, such as dual SIM and Bluetooth file transfer. Microsoft has admitted that their development is significantly driven by Nokiaâ€™s requirements these days, so we may see these features added much sooner than expected.