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]: Yay
by swinkels.pieter on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Yay"
swinkels.pieter
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2009-05-13

It is not a dislike for Microsoft that fuels my reservations but, among others, my preference for an open system. Will it be possible to develop open source software for a Nokia Windows 7 device and also deploy it?

Also, as a Qt developer I would like to see Qt prosper. To what degree will Nokia invest in the further development of Qt? If Qt will only be used for (a dying) Symbian and (a DOA ?) Meego... What about the companies and developers that have invested time and money in Qt to develop mobile applications? The fact that there will not be a Qt for Windows Mobile 7 irks me the most.

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RE[3]: Yay
by mat69 on Fri 11th Feb 2011 14:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Yay"
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2006-03-29

I fear that Nokia and Qt are a dead end which makes me sad.
Simply because now Nokia has no reason at all to put resources into Qt.

Yeah that does not mean that Qt will die, since it is FOSS. Yet no free project would have enough resources to both maintain Qt and move it foward at the same pace.

A sad day to me at least. And that is only because of caring for Qt and KDE. ;)
From Nokia's POV this might even be a good decision.

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