Nokia says Microsoft talks on schedule


HELSINKI (Reuters) - Talks between Nokia, the world's largest cellphone maker by volume, and Microsoft on a software deal are on schedule and a large number of Nokia Windows phones should be sold in 2012.

The companies signed a non-binding agreement on February 11 for Nokia to start using Microsoft software as its main platform in smartphones.

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Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop said in February it would take at least a couple of months to sign a deal.

The long negotiation process has led analysts to question whether the partnership can produce quick results. Some analysts have said talks should be concluded by end-April when Nokia plans to start talks over job cuts stemming from the agreement.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Dan Lalor)