Nokia: Open to everyone except Microsoft

Nokia Corp. is all for open standards as long as that doesn't include offering handsets running on Microsoft Corp. software, a company executive said here Monday at the Mobile Internet Conference.

"Openness is the only way forward," said Niklas Savander, vice president and general manager of mobile software at Nokia. "We are totally committed to delivering products based on open standards."

But asked whether the company's interpretation of openness went so far as to allow its handsets to run software from Microsoft Corp., Savander had a quick and short answer: "No."

Openness means different things to different folks, the Nokia executive said. "When we talk about openness, we talk about cost, compliance, control and completeness."

Cost means flexible pricing, compliance means adhering to standards, control means fair and transparent licensing and completeness means complete technical disclosure, according to Savander.

Earlier this year Nokia said it would license its Series 60 smartphone technology, which is based on the operating system developed by Symbian Ltd.

"Our business model for Series 60 is based on opening the source code to allow licensees to contribute back," Savander said.

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