Nokia Details What’s Next For Lumia And Asha?

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After yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft is buying Nokia’s Devices and Services division, there were lots of questions among the consumers about the future of Nokia brand, support for their current devices, quality of devices under Microsoft, etc. Today, Nokia answered most of those questions in a detailed way.

Here are the questions answered by Nokia.

  • Can we rely on Microsoft to continue the product quality we have come to rely on from Nokia?

Microsoft and Nokia have very similar values and vision when it comes to product quality. It’s what has made Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone such a great match. We value great hardware quality, a seamless user experience.

I recall a recent product workshop where we split into Nokia and Microsoft teams to describe our vision for the next generation of Windows Phone. When we came to compare our lists, they were almost identical.

Design at Nokia is our approach to product making and embraces engineering and manufacture. It’s the expertise in that approach that distinguishes Nokia and made it something that Microsoft wanted.

  • What about the other side? Will Nokia innovation find its way into other Microsoft products?

As we announced yesterday, Stephen Elop will lead the Microsoft devices business, which extends a long way beyond phones. There are some great opportunities there.

Microsoft is so similar to us in terms of its approach to products. So we don’t feel that we’re going to be limited at all. In fact, the resources and investment that Microsoft brings means that we expect that we will have greater freedom for experimentation and innovation. Though that doesn’t mean that we will lose any urgency or pace when it comes to getting products to market.

  • Does this mean the end of support for my Nokia phone? (Short answer: N0)
  • Will this be the end of the Asha series and other feature phones? (Short answer: N0)
  • Will Microsoft allow the Nokia staff to continue to innovate from Finland? (Short answer: Yes)
  • Do we get new phones with Nokia branding, or not? (Short answer: Yes for feature phones, No for Smartphones)

Find full answers from the source link below.

Source: Nokia

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