Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia, has reaffirmed the company's commitment to Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system. Elop also stated Nokia would release Windows Phone 8 devices in the "near term," while neither confirming nor denying a rumored September announcement.
According to Reuters, Elop stuck to his company's commitment to Windows Phone when questioned by reporters, saying Nokia is clearly on Microsoft's side despite his company's recent financial troubles.
"I don't think about rewinding the clock and thinking about competing elsewhere," Elop said to reporters in Oslo following a meeting with business partners. "In today's war ... (between) Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear, we are fighting that with the Windows phone."
Elop's statements come following news that the company continued to lose money last quarter, when it posted an operating loss of more than a billion dollars. The company's stock has been trading at all-time low levels in recent months, and a former executive has criticized the CEO while some stockholders have called for Elop's exit.
Nokia is rumored to be revealing its first Windows Phone 8 device early next month at its annual Nokia World event next month. Recent leaked images have indicated the company is currently working on a prototype device in advance of the launch. Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 devices are rumored to launch alongside the operating system sometime in October.