Nokia is rumoured to be looking to develop a new line of smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.
The rumour comes from Eldar Murtazin, whose weekly op-ed in Mobile Review said that a newly formed Nokia management team had met with Microsoft last month to discuss the possibilities of a partnership.
Nokia is currently struggling to retain its share of the market against competition from Google's Android, Apple's iOS and BlackBerry whilst continuing to use its Symbian operating system.
If the rumour is true, then it would mark Nokia's first efforts to adopt another operating system in its smartphones.
Nokia has effectively dismantled its once great Symbian development team in favour of expensive PR campaigns, Murtazin said.
“Joining forces with Microsoft is a bad idea. Nokia had a strong developers team, which the company somehow decided to disband. The suggested alliance shows the weakness of Nokia. They look desperate and cannot control the situation,” he wrote.