"special" relationship between the two companies even though Microsoft has gone into the tablet manufacturing business and has partnerships with some of Nokia's rivals. Talking about Nokia and Microsoft, Ellop chided them by pointing out that the other Windows Phone 8 manufacturers like HTC and Samsung are "...not sitting in the priority meetings that we're sitting in."
Even though Ellop apparently feels special because of those meetings with Microsoft, and he says that nothing will change their relationship, what happens when Redmond goes from partner to rival with a Microsoft Surface smartphone? Such a device has allegedly been in the works at Microsoft and is said to be locked away on the Redmond campus. There is always the chance that Microsoft will acquire Nokia and then we will see how special the relationship is. Rumors of such a hook up popped up once again this past June when speculation arose that Microsoft had seriously considered purchasing Nokia before rejecting the idea.