Nokia Considers Adopting Microsoft or Google Phone Platforms

Nokia Corp. as soon as Friday could announce a partnership with Microsoft Corp. or Google Inc. to adopt a new handset operating system.

Scrambling to revise its strategy and reverse deep declines, Nokia is in talks with Microsoft about supplementing the Finnish company’s Symbian operating system with Windows Phone 7, according to a person familiar with the situation. If both sides reach an agreement, Chief Executive Stephen Elop is likely to announce the deal Friday, when the company is expected to present its strategy to investors in London, the person said.

Mr. Elop, hired from Microsoft less than five months ago, had already signaled that a major overhaul is in the works and hinted that the company might adopt an outside operating system.

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