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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I smell something fishy
by NaX_sa on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:49 UTC
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I think there was a little bit of underhandedness taking place here.

Think about it, MS needed a large mobile manufacture and they want to reduce the number of competing OS's so they have less competition. In one deal they getting everything they want with Symbian and MeeGo potentially major players in the mobile OS's gone. One being the past and current and one potentially being a future major OS's.

I am willing to bet that there was something in it for Elop in his personal capacity, even if he single handedly sinks Nokia he will probably be a rich many thanks to Microsoft.

Personally I think Nokia are now throwing lots of money away hoping to make money from somebody else's software. All there investment in QT (a great dev platform) and MeeGo (possibly a great OS) is going down the toilet. And all their human capital wasting their time in the form of developers now have to learn to develop for a completely different platform that they have very little control of and throwing all their hard work out the window.

Unless Nokia were days away from shutting down I don't know why they did not just push forward with MeeGo. The technology in MeeGo is brilliant and the iPhone and Adroid have proven that it is never to late to enter or re-gain a market. Even a highly competitive market can be changed in just a few years if you position yourself correctly with a very good product.

I hope the MeeGo devs prove everybody wrong and push forward hard with other devices like Tablet PC's, Netbooks and In-Vehicle Infotainment systems, and I hope the Nokia management gives them the opportunity to prove MeeGo is worth it.

I will never run a Windows Phone. I was holding out for a MeeGo phone, now I dont know what to get. I dont like Android and I hate vender lock-in - iPhone. Maybe I will get one of the last cheaper Symbian phones and wait and see how everything turns out.

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