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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Thom, if the history of Microsoft has taught us one thing, it must be that:-

"In a Deal/Partnership etc, Microsoft is NEVER the underdog"

It might very well seem to you that way at the moment. I am sure however that in due course, Nokia will fade away and become just another (potentially loss making) division of Microsoft Inc.

Looking into my crystal ball I see the following:-

I am sure that in 2-3 years there will be stuff in Windows 8/9 that won't work properly unless it is paired with a MS-Nokia Phone. Maybe OutLook & Exchange?
If you think that Apple has lock-in down to a fine art then sit back at watch the master of the universe at work.
Then where will we be?

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