Microsoft and Nokia have just concluded a new partnership, and I will answer directly to one of your questions: no, it does not affect the world of smartphones!
It has been more than six years since Nokia sold its mobile division to Microsoft. I'm not going to learn what happened … but that does not mean that the Finnish firm is dead. Nokia has been able to rebound, and has been offering for several years a range of Android smartphones (in partnership with HMD). The firm is one of the best manufacturers in terms of monitoring updates. However, the heart of its business is not just selling smartphones. Nokia is above all a company very active in the supply of equipment for telecom networks.
On their respective sites, Microsoft and Nokia have announced the signing of a new partnership that addresses the Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Thanks to this, the two allies wish to help Telecom companies to offer new services and create products intended for Smart Cities or the health and transport sector, for example. For its part, Microsoft brings its expertise in the cloud, while on the other, Nokia brings its experience in networking and especially with 5G that could revolutionize the world of tomorrow. If you want to learn more about this partnership, visit the Microsoft website .