Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 09:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's official. Dismissed as a silly rumour by many, Nokia and Micorsoft have just announced a very comprehensive partnership in which Windows Phone 7 will become Nokia's prime smartphone platform. It goes a lot deeper than that, though. Update: Qt will not be available for Windows Phone 7. Qt will remain the development platform for MeeGo and Symbian. Update II: During its Capital Market Day event, Elop confirmed Nokia will not make a comprehensive MeeGo product line. It will be a platform to learn from, but it won't become a competitive platform. Update III: Android was not an option because it would be difficult to differentiate there. Update IV: There will be 'substantial reductions in employment' in Finland and around the world. Also, before I forget, thanks Engadget for the live-blogging where I get this stuff from!
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Buying time
by asupcb on Fri 11th Feb 2011 10:13 UTC
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It seems like to me that this move buys Nokia time to more fully develop Meego and to allow Intel to continue advancing Atom SoC's to the point that they can be used in tablets and possibly (being generous here) smartphones. This helps both MS and Nokia. It will help MS grow against its competitors while giving Nokia high-end smartphones while it develops their own home-grown ecosystem.

There is no reason that the Ovi infrastructure can not be developed in such a way as to be platform-neutral. It seems like a logical partnership. MS needed a great hardware partner and Nokia needs at least a temporary partner for software. Nokia is a huge company and it should be able to support multiple software platforms at once just like HTC, Samsung, and their other competitors do.

At the moment, it seems like Android would have been a more logical choice given the underlying similarities between Android and Meego but maybe Microsoft showed Nokia some updates to WP7 that we just aren't privy to yet.

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