Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 22:09 UTC
Windows The partnership between Nokia and Microsoft deepens. Updates to Nokia Lumia devices change the Marketplace tile to a specific Nokia tile - unheard of for Windows Phone, which is governed by strict rules. This is part of the Tango update. Is this an innocent change, or the prelude to fragmentation, or worse - a fork? While that's probably a little dramatic, this probably does worry the other Windows Phone OEMs.
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If Nokia keeps getting exclusive apps, it is going to discourage others from playing. Nokia took the Microsoft $250,000 bribe to become the dominant player

The $1 Billion bribe you mean...

and for that they got:
(i) the ability to be non-exclusive to Microsoft,
(ii) the ability to modify WinPhone as they like.

So they are now moving to their own App Store - which they already have for Maemo/Symbian - Ovi.

Don't be surprised if you find Qt on there too (which Microsoft would deny in their AppStore) as it is a force in Ovi and would allow apps to run on all 3 platforms.

So what is the benefit to other manufacturers to licence and build WP7 (or WP8) devices? NONE.

The whole agreement between Nokia and Microsoft was about getting market share for Microsoft at any cost. So it's no surprise that Nokia would do it in a way that would discourage others getting what benefits them. Ironically it ultimately hurts Microsoft by not allowing for network effects, which has been what Microsoft has always counted on to keep everyone under control.

What are the chances that Windows Phones will start selling in large numbers? ZERO.

That's where they have always been. WinPhone is a dead platform.

What are the chances that Elop will be loaded in a heittokone and launched out a window at the next shareholders meeting? Pretty damn good!

Well, not likely the next one; but it's going to happen at some point if he doesn't step aside first.

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