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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I'm probably going to be ignored
by kaiwai on Mon 24th Oct 2011 01:57 UTC
kaiwai
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I'm probably going to be ignored because I'm posting way down at the bottom of the article replies but the reality is that Meego is a great operating system (technologically and user interface) but it takes more than awesomeness to win the war - if superiority were the benchmark then Windows would have lost its crown many years ago. As much as people like to call Elop a 'Microsoft shill' the reality is that the market only has enough capacity to digest a certain number of operating systems. What makes a great phone operating system isn't just the operating system itself or the hardware but the software ecosystem that surrounds it which is where Windows Phone has its strength.

Here are some things to consider:

1) A wonderfully rich development environment for starters which enable one to develop using tools that are standard for most developers - sorry, your dinky experience using EMACS represent but a small subsection of the larger professional developer community. Great development tools turn an otherwise pain in the ass chore into something that is enjoyable. That is of particularly high importance when it comes to seducing programmers to your platform - if you constantly erect barriers to develop for your said platform the potential developers will just say, "flag it" and stick with Android and iOS.

2) Microsoft's linking into the enterprise will mean the ability for Nokia to go head to head with Blackberry when it comes to large scale enterprise deployments with organisations who have a library of in house built software that employees need to interact with home base - a sale representative being able to check inventory before closing a deal so that an accurate ETA can be provided to the client (as one example).

3) The relationship with Microsoft is mutual - Microsoft needs Nokia as much as Nokia needs Microsoft so anyone thinking that Nokia is being taken to the cleaners ignores the fact that without Nokia Microsoft will never the reach it requires to gain marketshare.

4) The Nokia brand is still very much a brand that is respected thus any products that do come out can be priced slightly higher even if end up being 'just an OEM for Microsoft' thus any margins can be maintained. The idea, therefore, that being an OEM automatically means they'll become a low margin 'Dell of the phone market' simply ignores how much value there is in the Nokia brand as something that commands a higher price compared to the competition.

5) Nokia's long term version is not just phones but tablets - the recent leak has been that Windows 9 will be the target where Windows Phone and Windows 'traditional' are merged into a code base so what we're seeing is something that is long term for Nokia, something that is at least 6-10 year plan rather than a short term quarter by quarter ramming products out and hoping for the best in the mean time. Nokia needs something that spans from Windows on the laptop to the desktop then to the tablet and the phone - an ecosystem that taps into the massive developer base that exists in the Windows world.

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