Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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RE: a merger by any other name
by fatjoe on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:27 UTC in reply to "a merger by any other name"
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You call it a merger, I call it a hostile take over, orchestrated by Microsofts inside man Elop.

I see zero benefit for Nokia in this.
Nokia didn't get software for "free". They already had their own software that they now have to ditch. The cost of this technology shift will be huge, specially to a company that is used to control every aspect of hw and sw.

Nokia is however giving their own software [Ovi maps etc] to Microsoft for free.

[also, this is a sad day for OSS, specially the Qt people]

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