Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 09:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's official. Dismissed as a silly rumour by many, Nokia and Micorsoft have just announced a very comprehensive partnership in which Windows Phone 7 will become Nokia's prime smartphone platform. It goes a lot deeper than that, though. Update: Qt will not be available for Windows Phone 7. Qt will remain the development platform for MeeGo and Symbian. Update II: During its Capital Market Day event, Elop confirmed Nokia will not make a comprehensive MeeGo product line. It will be a platform to learn from, but it won't become a competitive platform. Update III: Android was not an option because it would be difficult to differentiate there. Update IV: There will be 'substantial reductions in employment' in Finland and around the world. Also, before I forget, thanks Engadget for the live-blogging where I get this stuff from!
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Big risk for Nokia
by sukru on Fri 11th Feb 2011 09:31 UTC
sukru
Member since:
2006-11-19

Before people mentioning doom, I'd say this was a good move by Nokia. It's very risky, however given all the other choices, it had the potential for most benefits as well.

With Symbian dying, Meego not being there fast enough, and too late to Android competition, there was not much choice left.

Hope they can succeed, so there more real competition in the market.

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RE: Big risk for Nokia
by dsmogor on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:31 in reply to "Big risk for Nokia"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I understand the had to make a radical shift, but why to announce that new platform as a primary OS on the spot?
With this single move the have signed off the whole Symbian ecosystem they had (remember 2nd biggest app store), betting 100% in the future on MS. Samsung for one would have never done that.
The new boss lack of regard for their existing SW tech investments is evident in this announcement.

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RE[2]: Big risk for Nokia
by wirespot on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:54 in reply to "RE: Big risk for Nokia"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

I also think it's too early. I'd have put off partnering with Microsoft for at least another year. During which both MeeGo and WP7 would have proven whether they can swim or drown.

As I see it, now Nokia has two unknowns on their hands. They don't know how WP7 will do and denied MeeGo the chance to ever find out.

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RE[2]: Big risk for Nokia
by sukru on Fri 11th Feb 2011 19:59 in reply to "RE: Big risk for Nokia"
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

It was a choice between certain death, and possible death.

I'll be frank. Do you honestly think Symbian, or MeeGo could have saved Nokia?

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RE: Big risk for Nokia
by dsmogor on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:36 in reply to "Big risk for Nokia"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I wouldn't count this announcement does any good for competition. Nokia has just closed its paths for innovation in high mobile space. Currently the movement mostly is between sw ecosystem space and backend hw like CPU, just like it used to in PCs. Nokia has left itself as a basic HW composer.

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RE: Big risk for Nokia
by OSbunny on Fri 11th Feb 2011 20:16 in reply to "Big risk for Nokia"
OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

Its ironic that Nokia's choice of a Microsoft operating system will actually increase competition in the mobile sphere. Competition is always good for consumers.

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