Nokia CEO talks up Windows 8 tablet 'opportunity'
Fresh fondleslab in the works?
Is Nokia reconsidering the release of a tablet? Comments from CEO Stephen Elop suggest the Finnish phone giant might well be.
“There’s a new tablet opportunity coming,” Elop told BusinessWeek. “We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics” of the tablet market .
The opportunity? Windows 8, apparently.
When it comes to tablets, Windows 8 is a “supercharged” version of Windows Phone, Elop enthused.
Elop is ex-Microsoft and has already shifted Nokia away from Symbian to Redmond's Windows Phone OS. Tapping the software giant for tablet software would be a logical step forward if Nokia wants to enter the fondleslab market.
The reasons for avoiding Android as a phone OS - it's now too hard to differentiate products - apply equally to the tablet arena.
And Nokia has worked with MS before, on its ill-fated foray into the netbook market: 2009's woefully overpriced, but cute-looking Booklet 3G , which ran windows 7 Starter Edition on an Atom CPU. ®