Rumor: Microsoft and Nokia to hold event August 17

Microsoft and Nokia have been hyping their partnership to make phones based on Windows Phone 7 for several months. Now it looks like the two companies will be holding a joint press event later this month where we could get some more info on what we can expect from this unusual pairing. The Unwired web site reports that the two companies are teaming up to hold a party on August 17 at GamesCom, the massive games convention in Cologne, Germany.

The website has an image of what looks like an invitation to the party which promises to have "a live act and great DJs." The invite also adds it will have "exciting actions and surprises." If you happen to be attending the event you will also get a chance to win one of three Nokia Windows Phone 7 smartphones when the devices become available.

It's interesting that Nokia and Microsoft are using GamesCom to hold an event that  will almost certainly yield more info about Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone 7 line-up. Microsoft is clearly thinking that the upcoming "Mango" update for Windows Phone 7 in general, and Nokia in particular, will have features that will be attractive to gamers.

Microsoft and Nokia first announced their partnership plans back in February. Since then Nokia has suffered through some serious financial issues and has seen its share of the smartphone market be cut down by Apple's iPhone. Indeed many are still questioning the wisdom of Nokia going all in with Windows Phone 7 which so far has yet to make much of an impact in smartphone sales compared to the iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms.

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