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[3]: Big risk for Nokia
by WereCatf on Fri 11th Feb 2011 20:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Big risk for Nokia"
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It was a choice between certain death, and possible death.

I'll be frank. Do you honestly think Symbian, or MeeGo could have saved Nokia?

MeeGo could still have saved them if played correctly, and atleast if they have played correctly from all the way from the start. Now they've thrown loads of money at tech (Qt et al) that they won't be able to use on their top-end phones while also alienating their most-needed userbase: the developers. The shareholders also noticed this as Nokia's shares dropped a jolly 13% in one day. Oopsie.

Symbian wouldn't save them, that I agree with. It's totally dead, it just hasn't realized that itself yet.

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RE[4]: Big risk for Nokia
by sukru on Fri 11th Feb 2011 21:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Big risk for Nokia"
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You might be correct that MeeGo could've worked, but given their history I don't think it would in practice. They either do not commit, or commit in wrong things (Symbian).

Before MeeGo they had Maemo. Nokia had spent a lot of time and money on QT, and we users also decided to depend on them (I was once an N800 user). But they scrapped it with no warning, and decided to start over with MeeGo. This is both a loss of their resources, and also developer enthusiasm.

I think it has been two years since they made this switch, however there is still no Nokia device running it (except for one cell phone as an alternate OS).

On today's news, they mentioned 2500 people working on Symbian. Had they worked on MeeGo insted, it could've made a difference.

But it's too late now.

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