Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 22:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Remember back when Nokia jumped to Windows Phone 7, abandoning all other platforms and future directions? Remember Elop's infamous 'burning platform' memo was coveniently 'leaked' to the web? Remember how Elop claimed Windows Phone 7 was the only way forward, since nothing else inside the company would be ready for prime time soon enough? Remember how I thought this was a very good and sane decision? Well, the first reviews of what will be the only MeeGo handset from Nokia (the N9) are in, and well... To whoever decided to go WP7 and ditch MeeGo: I don't like you. To myself: I'm an idiot for arguing this was a good idea.
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sadly, just too late
by Schendstok on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 09:30 UTC
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The N9 will definitely become my next phone.

But I do understand why they switched to Windows. The delays in development were just unacceptable. This Maemo 6 based MeeGo should have been released on hardware in december 2010. That is 10 months too late according to Nokias own original schedule. In Symbian Nokia had similar problems. The N8 was delayed again and again, and Symbian Anna is the OS that should have shipped on that device.
Also the developer tools for Qt are only just becoming mature. Up to June this year you could not really develop an OpenGl based game for Symbian in Qt SDK because of bugs.
It takes time for developers to get used to a new development environment, and also having to develop the tools caused extra delays in creating any real development network for Nokia.
And now in 2011 everything is moving to the cloud/webservices, iCloud, youtube, Amazon, google, spotify etc. Nokia just killed almost most of their own web services, after being extraordinarily unsuccessful.

Sticking to MeeGo/Symbian would be huge risk because of that: no third-party application ecosystem, and no lock-in web-services. By switching to Windows they get both. Can WP compete in other aspects? Don't really know, haven't used it. And since I don't use Windows on Desktop I doubt I can use all features of WP, making it an less interesting alternative.

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