Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Feb 2011 23:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "There's just one problem, though: the 'nine young investors' don't really exist - according to the last tweet on the @NokiaPlanB Twitter account, it was all a hoax perpetuated by 'one very bored engineer who really likes his iPhone'. Ouch."
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RE: I like WP7
by drahca on Thu 17th Feb 2011 14:34 UTC in reply to "I like WP7"
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So to conclude, I believe that Nokia have made an extremely good decision, they get an extremely capable platform and potentially the biggest developer crowd, how is that not a win??

I do not think anyone is arguing that the .Net platform is not a good platform. I program in Qt daily and while Qt is great C++ really isn't. QML however is great and I believe is great tool to build mobile phone applications with.

The future of phones is however commoditization. This will mean that the phones themselves will over time become commodities as PCs more or less are now. The added value will be in the software running on the phones and the services provided on the phone ecosystem. Apple understands this as can be seen on their relentless focus on their App store, iTunes etc.

Nokia did not just announce that they will ship phones with WM7, they actually deprecated their current platforms killing them and their application store instantly. This is something you should never openly announce until you have an actual shipping alternative and a migration path for developers to follow, as Qt was giving developers from Symbian to Meego. Also, the first WM7 phone will probably not come out until late 2011 or early 2012, leaving two whole years for Nokia to survive without a primary platform at all.

In the long term they are cutting costs and basically outsourcing their entire software development to Microsoft and their hardware production to China. This will have dire consequences for all the people working in Finland. They should have focused on retaining the R&D for software and hardware and the talented engineers in Finland. Nokia will become an empty shell of its former self. Every talented engineer will leave and seek opportunities elsewhere.

Also the Nokia management was the major factor in bringing Nokia into its current predicament. Is the management being reorganized at all? At least Nokia's lack of focus is being addressed. Hopefully they will not try to change platforms yet again in the future.

So how will Nokia earn money in the future? Will they get a big piece of the WP7/8/9 application store pie? "In Microsoft we trust" is an adage which has been proven false multiple times.

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