Linked by David Adams on Sun 14th Jul 2013 17:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A perennial question that revolves around Nokia is: why didn't it choose to go with Android to replace Symbian when it decided to kill that as its smartphone operating system in late 2010?
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tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

The previous poster is grossly misrepresenting the Nokia-Microsoft WP contract.

Microsoft is not known for being a charitable institution in the least. So no, they are not "giving" Nokia any money. They are simply playing accounting tricks, so that it looks like Nokia is having an initial positive cash flow during the first couple of years of WP adoption.

But the contract is structured in such a way that in the end, Nokia's net payments to Microsoft end up being at least half a billion Euros more than whatever cash goes from Microsoft to Nokia. And that is even if WP phones fail to sell, if Nokia's business picks up they have to pump more cash over the baseline licensing deal.

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