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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Hope Elop doesn't Elope..
by mistersoft on Fri 11th Feb 2011 21:57 UTC
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...with the Spirit of Nokia..
(whatever that may mean)

but my thought is this:
if Nokia has done this deal as part of a long term survival strategy (which again is part of a longer term success and innovation strategy) then I think it's a pragmatic play - run the WP7 road as well and profitably as you can, while in the background having a smaller team (but of some of your best and most talented) trying to make something 'Amazing' out of Meego - even if that only mean matching WebOS but with a different spin/style and more open) ; the point of this in the longer term would be to have as many before me have already said, to "be in control of their own destiny", to be relevant, and to HAVE SIGNIFICANCE.

I'd be very pleasantly suprised in seeing it pan out like that, and in Elop as a man, and a leader of the company he ought to be leading.

Smacks of being just a grubby corporate trojan horse at the moment though. Like I said, I hope I'm wrong...

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