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Nokia suspects Microsoft working on the Surface phone

In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Nokia is suspecting Microsoft of working on the rumoured Surface phone, according to a report from ZDNet. This news actually excites us, but Nokia is less than thrilled.microsoft-surface-phone

It wrote, “Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones. This could lead Microsoft to focus more on their own devices and less on mobile devices of other manufacturers that operate on the Windows Phone platform, including Nokia.”

It adds, “We may not be able to sufficiently influence Microsoft in bringing the features or functionalities for the Windows Phone platform that we deem most important, or Microsoft may otherwise focus on other areas of its business leading to reduced resources devoted to the Windows Phone platform or failures to implement features or functionalities. This may be heightened if our position in the partnership deteriorates, for instance through other companies using leverage to influence Microsoft, or if Microsoft chooses to develop its own mobile devices, including smartphones, or if Microsoft otherwise develops interests that are contrary to ours.”

Nokia believes that this Surface phone could affect its employees. It wrote, “The ongoing fostering and development of the Microsoft partnership may cause disruption and dissatisfaction among employees reducing their motivation, morale and productivity, causing inefficiencies and other problems across the organization and leading to the loss of key personnel and the related costs in dealing with such matters.”

It added, “We may not have or be able to recruit, retain and motivate appropriately skilled employees to implement successfully our strategies in relation to the Windows Phone platform and to work effectively and efficiently with Microsoft and the related ecosystem.”

Nokia also believes that personal data of its customers may be compromised. It wrote, “New business models require access and sometimes possession of consumer data. If we do not have such access within our own control, this may hinder our ability to pursue such opportunities.”

It added, “We may be required or choose to share with Microsoft personal or consumer data that has been made available to us, which could increase the risk of loss, improper disclosure or leakage of such personal or consumer data or create negative perceptions about our ability to maintain the confidentiality of such data.”

Nokia believes the Surface phone will negatively affect its business. It wrote, “The implementation and ongoing fostering and development of the Microsoft partnership may cause dissatisfaction and adversely affect the terms on which we do business with our other partners, including mobile operators, developers, distributors and suppliers, or foreclose the ability to do business with new such partners.”

Will the Surface phone affect the sales of phones like the Lumia 620 or the Lumia 920? Let us know what you think through a comment below.