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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toast88
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2009-09-23

Hi Thom,

I usually agree with your point of view on things, but I have seriously problems supporting your view on the Microsoft and NOKIA cooperation. Microsoft obviously installed two former employees into NOKIA to gain influence. One the two new NOKIA CEOs is still Microsoft's 8th largest share holder, IIRC. So it's obvious what his motivations are.

Furthermore, history has shown that almost all companies cooperating with Microsoft in the mobile sector didn't have any serious success and dropped Windows Mobile sooner or later:

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

I also fear that this will happen to NOKIA. It's ridiculous that an innovative with such good software developers (think about Qt and MeeGo) company like NOKIA drops their own good software in favor of the mediocre software from Microsoft. WP7 is mediocre because it still lacks too many features compared to the competition. And furthermore NOKIA is giving up their independence which is a bad thing. The argument that they're gonna save money by using WP7 is ridiculous unless they fire half of their employees. Remember, both Symbian and MeeGo were completely developed in-house, so NOKIA doesn't have to pay NO license fees as compared to the amount they have to pay to Microsoft. If the idea of the cooperation with Microsoft was to stop all in-house software development and fire most of their developers, they'd actually save money (nowadays that is called "outsourcing"), but you can be sure that they won't make many people happy. They already ran into serious business problems when they closed down their plant in Bochum, Germany. As a result of that, a lot of people in Germany started to boycott NOKIA.

Since people working at NOKIA in Finland fear their jobs now, they actually started a short protest last Friday. In Tampere I think it was, where 1000 NOKIA software developers suspended their work and went out to demonstrate. As a matter of fact, many NOKIA employees and share holders have a better foresight on things and thus they're against the cooperation and have started a counter plan, called NOKIA Plan B:

http://nokiaplanb.com

Adrian

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