When Nokia announced its partnership with Microsoft, the first question for many was "when." Jo Harlow, head of Nokia's key Smart Devices unit, hinted that we might see the first ones in 2011, even sooner than initial expectations for launch in 2012. While Harlow didn't state it explicitly, she did mention that "my boss has told me he would be much happier if that time was in 2011."
Shortly after, Nokia showed a chassis looking slightly smaller but otherwise very similar to the previously leaked concept for a future Nokia Windows Phone. And if you ask investors – the launch would better be quick, as long transitions have already started to affect Nokia's shares. What is known, however, is that Nokia aims to bring innovation to both design and hardware. Harlow also noted that the exact timing is being discussed, so let's hope we can have more certainty about the dates sooner. Nokia needs it now more than ever.