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October 4, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Elop: First Nokia Windows Phones this quarter

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop promised Tuesday that the Finnish phonemaker would unveil its first Windows Phones this quarter, according to Reuters.

The launch is expected to coincide with the annual Nokia World trade show in London starting Oct. 26 but it remains to be seen whether the devices will be shipped in time for the holiday-sales season, Reuters reports.

A fall launch date had been widely expected.

Nokia has bet all its smartphone chips on a collaboration with Microsoft, saying earlier this year that it would be ditching its own Symbian system in favor of Windows Phone on all its smartphones. A lot is at stake for both Nokia and Microsoft in this partnership, with both companies having seen their shares of the mobile phone market slide.

Just last week, Nokia announced it was cutting 3,500 jobs.

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