Stephen Elop talks about Nokia tablet possibilities

News Paul Briden 08:00, 5 Feb 2013

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has spoken about the company's tablet ambitions and how Windows might not be a certainty

Amidst another spate of Nokia tablet rumours, company chief executive Stephen Elop has spoken about what sort of options are being considered.

In a conversation with Australia’s Financial Review, Elop strongly implied that Windows 8 or Windows RT would be a first-choice option for the device operating system because they can offer a cohesive experience with the company’s Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

However, interestingly enough, he also said ‘We would consider any option...’

‘It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience,’ said Elop.

‘Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side... But we have made no decision or announced nothing.’

Questionable grammar aside, that last bit is particularly interesting as it almost suggests other platforms might be considered. However, we don’t really buy it.

Nokia seems pretty committed to Microsoft’s ecosystem and we reckon the day it opts for something else on a tablet is the day we see airborne bacon floating past the office window.

Elop did make the point that although Nokia is interested in the tablet market it is currently standing back and taking stock of how Microsoft’s own efforts are going, with a close eye being kept on the Surface tablets.

‘We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely,' he said, 'We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.’

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