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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differentiating for the sake of it?
by Googol on Fri 11th Feb 2011 15:33 UTC
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It will be bought by people who try to differentiate from the rest of us by driving a Yugo ;)

Oh, the younger readers may need to read up on what a Yugo actually was - just like future kids will have to if you mention "Nokia"...

OK, seriously though: I agree that Windows as opposed to Android does make a substantial differentiation. BUT. A customized Windows is still Windows for all it's worth. And the industry didn't manage to sell any Windows phones so far, so I don't see why that would dramatically change with a slightly different Windows.

Here's another differentiating factor, Windows-lovers: There will be a million Android and iPhone apps, and like 20 Windows apps, if developpers got a sense of self preservation.

IT-Darwinism at work ;)

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