Nokia Will Bring Ovi Maps To The Windows Phone

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has outlined its smartphone strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.

In a post titled ‘Putting words into action’ on the Nokia Conversation’s blog the company said that under the new Nokia-Microsoft Windows Phone 7 deal, Nokia will bring its popular Ovi Maps service to the Windows Phone ecosystem.

“Nokia will supply mapping and location-based services for the Windows Phone ecosystem, building on the success it’s experienced with Ovi Maps,” the company said.

Nokia and Microsoft will also deliver a Nokia-branded application store which will combine the Windows Marketplace back-end with Nokia’s carrier billing functionality, which is available on 112 operators in 36 countries.

In a bid to attract developers, Nokia and Microsoft have decided to wave the $99 Windows Phone developer registration fee for the first year for published Nokia developers.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop revealed that Nokia will receive billions of dollars over the next five years for its participation in the deal.

As for the Symbian OS, Elop said that Nokia continues to have ‘laser focus’ on Symbian and plans to deliver a host of Symbian-based devices in the coming year along with the new Symbian Anna software update.