Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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Summing this up
by _xmv on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:23 UTC
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

I've fallen in love with Windows Phone 7

Well that sum up the article and the motivations behind it, unfortunately.
While it's not a bad move for Nokia as in "they stay alive", it's a bad move for Nokia as a brand as in "i'ts going to be an MS phone, not a Nokia phone".

It means Nokia is not the force driving the innovation in the OS department anymore. Just an OEM.

You also forgot to mention how Nokia just piss off devs by not supporting QT after asking them to put everything into it.
Porting QT to WP7 would have been the sensible move.

I don't see why we should trust them on WP7 now. Android and iOS apps sell more anyway.

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RE: Summing this up
by qbast on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:46 in reply to "Summing this up"
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2010-02-08

And why would MS allow them to port Qt? They want developers to use only .Net, Silverlight and XNA. Sure, MS cares about interoperability but only within their own walled garden - WP7, desktop windows, Zune, Xbox. Allowing Qt would be step in opposite direction, so it is not going to happen. Which also shows how much "influence" Nokia is going to get over direction of WP7.

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RE[2]: Summing this up
by _xmv on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:52 in reply to "RE: Summing this up"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

And why would MS allow them to port Qt?
[..]
Which also shows how much "influence" Nokia is going to get over direction of WP7.

I did not say MS would want to do it. Do not put words in people's mouth.. or hand, in the Internet case.

I said Nokia should have had this part of the deal, for it to be an OK deal.

This is Nokia's own fault here. If they cannot due to Microsoft, then it makes the alliance a bad move for developers, both code wise and trust wise. But especially trust wise I guess.

Simple.

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RE[2]: Summing this up
by anda_skoa on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:52 in reply to "RE: Summing this up"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Which also shows how much "influence" Nokia is going to get over direction of WP7.


Exactly!

After having told all their partners to invest time and money (for training, etc) into Qt, this would have been their most important influence on WP7.

I wouldn't be surprised if killing Nokia's developer ecosystem wasn't part of the things Microsoft wanted.

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RE: Summing this up
by aliquis on Wed 16th Feb 2011 03:33 in reply to "Summing this up"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Android apps sell?

In what universe?

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