Recent rumors have flooded the Internet today that Nokia and Microsoft are in deep discussion about a possible partnership. The talks between the two companies aren't for Windows Phone 7 apps to run on Nokia software, or anything like that, but for Nokia to start manufacturing handsets running Windows Phone 7.
While no offical sales numbers have been released, companies seem to be very interested in bringing Windows Phone 7 handsets to the market. Nokia would join the likes of Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung, and many others if this rumor holds true. This would be a very strange partnership between the two companies considering Nokia's support of Symbian, but could pay off and help keep Nokia in business if true.
Nokia is very well known for their mobile phone hardware, creating innovating handsets for the market, but their software, Symbian, seems to be declining to keep users interested with competition like Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
The Russian news source, via unwiredreview.com, suggests that Microsoft and Nokia have been in talks for the past month about the possibility of Nokia manufacturing Windows Phone 7 handsets. If Nokia does build WP7 powered devices, it may be what Microsoft is looking for to help push sales of the platforms to the next level.