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Microsoft "supportive" of Nokia using Android

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said that the company was "supportive" of Nokia, although less excited about some projects.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said that the company was "supportive" of Nokia, although less excited about some projects.

Joe Belfiore speaking at Microsoft's Mobile World Congress event. (Credit: Shara Tibken/CNET)

BARCELONA, Spain — An audience member during Microsoft's event at Mobile World Congress put presenters Joe Belfiore, vice president of operating systems for Windows, and Nick Parker, vice president of original equipment manufacturing, on the spot when they asked about the possibility of Nokia using Google's Android OS.

As Microsoft still hasn't finalised its purchase of Nokia's device business, the two executives couldn't say very much. However, after an awkward pause, Belfiore did note, "Some things we're excited about, some things we're less excited about. Whatever they do, we're very supportive of them."

Nokia has been in partnership with Microsoft, producing Windows phones exclusively since 2011. However, rumour has it that the company will be announcing its first ever Android phone at this year's Mobile World Congress, right on the cusp of Microsoft's acquisition of the company.

Nokia's event will be occurring this evening, 6.30pm AEST. Join us for a live blog of the company's announcements.