Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2012 11:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This rumour is not new, nor is it particularly earth-shattering. However, with Windows Phone 7 failing to make a dent in the market place, and Nokia's Lumia 800 not making huge waves either, the rumour's been taken out of the shed again: Microsoft is supposedly acquiring Nokia's smartphone division later this year. Stephen Elop will resign from Nokia shortly afterwards.
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orsg
Member since:
2011-02-09

What makes you so optimistic, that Nokia as a primarily hardware vendor has the power to establish a new Smartphone OS in the marketplace alone, when even mighty MS in combination with Nokia cannot do that?

I know quite a few guys owning an N900, and they say it's quite a nice gadget for a geek, but the are totally pissed that nokia dropped Software support almost immediately after they bought it (and that was well before the WP7-deal). No one of them (and also me) would ever trust Nokia again in developing an own platform and providing support on a long run.

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sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

I know quite a few guys owning an N900, and they say it's quite a nice gadget for a geek, but the are totally pissed that nokia dropped Software support almost immediately after they bought it (and that was well before the WP7-deal). No one of them (and also me) would ever trust Nokia again in developing an own platform and providing support on a long run.


Yep, that's me. I love my N900, and I'm going to miss it when it dies, but as glowing as the reviews have been for the N9 I can't justify buying one. It was bad enough when they muddied the waters with the shift in focus from Maemo to Meego, but then to place a death sentence on its successor in favor of Windows Phone? Why would I drop more than $600 on a device that might not maintain developer interest for more than 6 months?

Part of what made me love the N900 so much is that it was mine. No carrier to lock me down, force garbage upon me, or make me wait for progress (I can't even buy an unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus in Canada, unless I want to pay $700+ to some sketchy retailer or get it imported with what will likely be ridiculous shipping/duty). It also had operating system that was provided with a do-what-you-like attitude (and some pretty cool things were done in the developer community, which is sadly fracturing in the Maemo/Meego/Tizen/Mer/WP7 shakeup).

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Developers' interest will remain for N9 and other Mer compatible devices for way more than 6 months. I trust community efforts more than any companies who betrayed Maemo, Meego and etc.

Edited 2012-01-06 15:48 UTC

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Simply look at Samsung. They started their OS story much later than Nokia, being 2 times smaller in smartphone, having worse dev support (compared to QT) and still Bada is already much larger than whole WP7 ecosystem and contrary to it growing steady. And Samsung doesn't have hero devices like N9.
Maemo6 has greatly incorporated good ideas from WP7 on OS level (utilization of swipe gesture) with more traditional approach to apps to ease transition from other environments. Porting to WP7 having much different ui philosophy and restricted dev options is much harder.
Besides Nokia still has a strong brand in many countries that has only been tainted by windows on a phone nonsense.

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