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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Windows Phone 7
by Paradroid on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:01 UTC
Paradroid
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2010-01-05

Putting prejudice aside, WP7 is the newest and most modern smartphone OS out there (as in actually shipping).

I migrated from an iPhone to a htc HD7 a week ago and am very happy with it indeed (thoughts are on my blog). Most people I show it to think it does make iOS look a little dated at the moment.

What I don't understand though is why Nokia think it would be harder to differentiate with Android. I would say the reverse is true. Microsoft have (quite rightly) retained a lot of control of WP7 but existing handset manufacturers are having a hard time differentiating their products.

Edited 2011-02-11 12:02 UTC

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RE: Windows Phone 7
by nirishdave on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:31 in reply to "Windows Phone 7"
nirishdave Member since:
2008-09-03

I for one welcome our Microsoft overlords.
I have been drooling over the N8 for a while as a good camera is important to me.

I want to get rid of my iPhone and move to WP7 but don't think the hardware is what I am looking for at the moment.

We don't know the terms of the agreement with Nokia, what has MS given to Nokia to get them to agree to this. I somehow doubt there is this big conspiracy that Elop had agreed this with MS before he moved.

This will have had to get past the Nokia board. I would think they had some good terms and a bit of clout in how they do things on their phones.

I would hope Nokia are also getting a cut of the apps sold.

I hope we see a new model soon.

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