Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 21:50 UTC
Windows Fascinating, this. As a Windows Phone 7 user, I can attest that it is every bit as good as iOS and Android - heck, in my experience, it is more polished, more consistent, smoother, and faster than either of those two. Yet, despite raving reviews and glowing user comments all over the web, Windows Phone 7 simply isn't selling. Former Windows Phone 7 general manager Charlie Kindel believes it's because neither carriers nor device makers like the control Microsoft exerts over the platform.
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RE: Does that mean...
by Codester on Wed 28th Dec 2011 02:59 UTC in reply to "Does that mean..."
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"that Nokia is screwed?"

Nokia spent a lot of money (billions) on Symbian and Maemo/Meego and then walked away from both when Microsoft paid them a billion dollars to go solely with Windows Phone 7 on their smartphones. It didn't hurt that the CEO of Nokia had just come from a 2 year stint with Microsoft.

But their CEO has already said something regarding Windows Phone 7. I don't remember the exact quote but it was something like "If Windows Phone 7 doesn't take off, we're screwed". But I believe he added a sentiment that they were screwed if they didn't go to Windows Phone 7.

The really incredible part of it is that in October 2010 the head technical guy at Nokia proclaimed that Qt would be the only way to develop for Symbian/Meego in the future. Then a less than 4 months later Nokia chose probably the only OS that will never run Qt.

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RE[2]: Does that mean...
by aaronmcohen on Wed 28th Dec 2011 03:36 in reply to "RE: Does that mean..."
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I think Nokia will survive if WP7 does not. Essentially only a small amount of their high-end phones will us it. Symbian/S40 is not dead and it will be 5 years till MS can replace it on the low end. So there is still Nokia resources being pored into Symbian/S40 to defend 99.9% of their revenue. Developers are going to develop for what their target customers are using. The Specs for the Nokia Phones will probably work 100% with Android. If they don't get traction with WP7, I wouldn't be surprised if they extend the existing S40/Symbian SDK to work with Android. They have already acknowledge that this isn't possible with WP7 but is currently being done with Android. Yes there is WP7 migration documentation for QT and Java applications but you are are going to be rewriting nearly everything in the process.

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RE[3]: Does that mean...
by Codester on Wed 28th Dec 2011 04:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Does that mean..."
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Nokia has decided to make all their smartphones WP7. They will still ship Symbian smartphones for a while, but their end of life is coming. It is hard to see a happy future for Nokia if Windows Phone 7 bombs. For the US market Nokia still has the problem that prior to Windows Phone 7, the only carrier which had a Nokia smartphone was T-Mobile and they only had one model. T-Mobile is the first US carrier to subsidize a Nokia WP7 phone, but will they get the other 3?

At the low end - below smartphone, or maybe just $150 or less in price - Nokia is planning on using an homegrown Linux-based OS which they are currently working on.

One thing is clear at this point - despite being the owner of Qt, Nokia has no intention to in any wayassist in getting Qt on WP7. In addition, I don't believe that Nokia is going to link up their OVI store/contacts/calendar/email to WP7. They are not doing much differently than if they were owned by Microsoft (they may be bought by Microsoft at fire sale prices at some point - with a big bonus going to Elop).

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