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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Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

*sigh*

MS needs Nokia to succeed. For the second time, you need to get out of your 90s mindset. Microsoft does not have a monopoly. It doesn't get to order Nokia around. Microsoft sells three phones every month - Nokia sells about a 300 billion squintillion phones every nanosecond. In this deal Microsoft is the underdog.

At the risk of repeating myself...

Microsoft initially needed IBM, too. And Sendo. Where are these now ?

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Microsoft initially needed IBM, too. And Sendo. Where are these now ?

Some people just can't see history I'm afraid. They always have this mindset that somehow things are different.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Some people just can't see history I'm afraid. They always have this mindset that somehow things are different.

Amen. Some past IBM CEO must be laughing loud in his corporate grave.

Edited 2011-02-11 17:24 UTC

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

A list of previous Microsoft mobile 'partners':

http://www.asymco.com/2011/02/11/in-memoriam-microsofts-previous-st...

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viton Member since:
2005-08-09

What's wrong with IBM? They're making plenty of money. Less than M$, but more than Intel.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

What's wrong with IBM? They're making plenty of money. Less than MS, but more than Intel.

Sure, IBM have beautifully recovered from the blow they've taken then, by switching to a totally different market where they seem to do quite fine.

But who, today, knows about them in the general public ? They used to be the greatest personal computer manufacturer, now they are nonexistent in that market. It's just impressive how quickly they have sunk.

Edited 2011-02-13 21:09 UTC

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