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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RE[2]: Oh well
by WereCatf on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Oh well"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Yes, because hanging on to an outdated platform and a platform that has been delayed like crazy and MIGHT be ready this year is totally not going to mean their demise.

All this time Nokia has been pushing for devs to use Qt, they've actually invested a helluva lot of money to it and the whole point with pushing people for Qt has been that they'd be developing for MeeGo in the future. But since WP7 doesn't support Qt they not only seriously shot themselves in the foot with this, they also instantly alienated all those Qt-devs they've attracted so far!

This has been a downright terrible move on their part.

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RE[3]: Oh well
by dsmogor on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Not making MS enable QT on Nokia WinMo variant (the only real ecosystem differentiator Nokia could save for themselves) shows what their negotiation positions were.

Were they as desperate? Seriously, what does this deal buys Nokia, after it's has bet so much on yet unproven platform?

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RE[3]: Oh well
by cmon on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well"
cmon Member since:
2011-02-11


All this time Nokia has been pushing for devs to use Qt, they've actually invested a helluva lot of money to it and the whole point with pushing people for Qt has been that they'd be developing for MeeGo in the future.


This is an emotional assertion, from an economic point of view your statement does not make sense at all. It does not matter what they have been investing in. At this point investing in WP7 is will be better than investing in Qt, so how could it matter how much money they already wasted on Qt?

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RE[4]: Oh well
by swinkels.pieter on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Oh well"
swinkels.pieter Member since:
2009-05-13

True, but it is not only Nokia that has invested money in Qt. The Qt ecosystem - word of the day ;) - also contains third-party developers that have invested time and money.

Why not allow Qt development for a Windows Mobile 7 device? For technical, financial, political reasons? To me it appears that Qt development for WM7 would not only not alienate the aforementioned third-party developers, but would even attract new developers.

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RE[3]: Oh well
by quique on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well"
quique Member since:
2005-07-07

Exactly. I was looking forward to buying a Meego-based smartphone.

After reading this

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.

I don't have to wait anymore: I'll go HTC/Samsung. Hello, Android!

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