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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Stephen!
Member since:
2007-11-24

That's why the past few years are littered with companies who've got burned partnering with Microsoft on mobiles.


It's a wonder Microsoft gets any partners at all.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Microsoft gets partners (aka cannon fodder) when those partners are in trouble. They get milked dry by MS and then left for dead.
MS have done this many times before. They get caught with their hands in the cookie jar, pay the cost in court (sometimes hundreds of millions) and walk away smiling sweetly to themselves.
They then integrate the stuff they have stolen/got caught/paid the fine for into their core products and then go on the prowl for the next sucker company to grind into the dust.
My guess is that Nokia will wither & die in 2-3 years. I'd love to be proved wrong and that MS has changed but there is far too much of a hint of 'desperation' in this move by Nokia to leave me with any confidence.

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

As Franken wrote in http://www.osnews.com/thread?462068:

In memoriam: Microsoft’s previous strategic mobile partners
http://www.asymco.com/2011/02/11/in-memoriam-microsofts-previous-st...

I can hear the cries of "...but this time it will be different". My friends, you don't change the devil...THE DEVIL CHANGES YOU!

Good luck, Nokia...you're going to need it.

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