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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What if they could get someone else to pay for the porting, because they have been signed on as the software partner?

I feel odd about this deal. Not particular fond of Microsoft, and used to consider Nokia the Microsoft of the mobile industry (until Apple and Google appeared). But despite my scepticm, this might be more clever than it appears at first. Microsoft needs Nokia and has been willing to sink a lot of money into new business areas before, if Nokia can get them to spend that money on their behalf, I might be worthwhile. On the other hand, they may get screwed like everone before them.

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