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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by mkone on Fri 11th Feb 2011 17:08 UTC
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I think the big question is whether this alienates other WP7 customers (HTC, Samsung, etc). By allowing Nokia to customise WP7, and not other companies, is Microsoft conceding the rest of the market to Android? It's a pretty big bet by Microsoft, if their strategy was based on domination. There is no guarantee that Nokia will continue to be the dominant force it was before, if the events of the last year are anything to go by. Nokia has lost so much share, and will lose more before the year is up. WP7 gains market share, but potentially loses a chance to be dominant, if it had one.

Microsoft probably reasoned that this was a no brainer because without Nokia, their OS was looking dead in the water.

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