Nokia's journey: From 'Gorba' to Microsoft

A look back at Nokia's journey over the years.

Nokia creates its first handheld phone

Nokia, created in 1967 from 3 merged companies, launches the Mobira Cityman, first handheld mobile and a model that becomes a classic. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is pictured using a Cityman to make a call. This led to the phone’s affectionate nickname of the "Gorba". (Image & text: Reuters)

Ollila becomes CEO

Jorma Ollila becomes President and CEO of Nokia and the company makes a crucial strategic decision to focus on its telecommunications business. Nokia launches its first GSM handset, the Nokia 1011. (Image and text: Reuters)

First mobile office launched

The Communicator, the first mobile office and email phone is launched. Actor Val Kilmer uses it in "The Saint" movie. (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia launches 3210

Nokia 3210 is launched and goes on to sell 160 million units. The 3210 was one of the most popular and most successful phones in history. (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia 1100 - most sold device

Nokia announces that the 1100 sells over 200 million copies, making it the most sold consumer electronic device at the time. With a torch light, no-slip grips, and a dust-proof case, the little phone is made for the new growth regions such as Africa and India. (Image and text: Reuters)

New CEO at Nokia

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo takes over as CEO on June 1, Ollila becomes chairman. The N95, Nokia's last major high-end hit product, unveiled in 2006, starts shipping in March 2007. (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia shows phones, eyes Facebook access

Nokia unveils four new multimedia phones and says it is in talks to offer phone access to social networking site Facebook via its new free, media-sharing service "Share on Ovi". (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia unveils new flagship phone, analysts cautious

In September, Nokia hires Stephen Elop from Microsoft as new CEO. Some months earlier Nokia had unveiled details of its first phone with new Symbian 3 software. Analysts said the new model & software upgrade at best put Nokia on par with features already available on Android. (Image & text: Reuters)

Nokia surrenders, enlists Microsoft in smartphone war

Nokia's makes a last-ditch attempt to catch up with Google and Apple by teaming up with Microsoft Corp puts them back on the smartphone map, but gives rivals plenty of time to try and widen their lead. (Image and text: Reuters)

Microsoft, Nokia pin hopes on new Lumia as mobile war escalates

Nokia takes the wraps off the struggling company's most powerful smartphone, in what may be its last major shot at winning back a market lost to Apple, Samsung and Google. Microsoft and Nokia hope the new Lumia will become a potent weapon in global mobile industry war. (Image and text: Reuters)

Lumia sales lift Nokia results and turnaround hopes

Nokia says strong sales of Lumia smartphones helps its mobile phone business achieve underlying profitability in the fourth quarter, raising hopes the struggling handset maker may be past the worst. The Finnish company had been losing market share to Samsung and Apple. (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia strengthens range with 15 euro phone

Nokia launches a 15-euro phone to shore up its position in the basic handset market, where it has lost share while it focused on developing expensive smartphones. The Nokia 105 is the successor to the 1280, which sold more than 100 million units. (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia unveils new metal-body Lumia smartphone

Nokia unveils Lumia 925, a lighter, metal model in its Lumia smartphone range, as it tries to catch the eye of buyers to close the huge market lead of rivals Samsung and Apple Inc in the lucrative handset market. (Image and text: Reuters)

Nokia pins recovery hopes on advanced camera smartphone

Nokia introduces a new smartphone, the Lumia 1020, with a powerful 41-megapixel camera in its latest bid to catch up with rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Tech bloggers respond enthusiastically, saying the camera quality is the highest in the market. (Image and text: Reuters)

Microsoft to acquire Nokia's phone business

Nokia Corporation announced that it has signed an agreement to enter into a transaction whereby Nokia will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business and licence its patents to Microsoft for EUR 5.44 billion in cash.