Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 11:32 UTC

Ina Fried has just confirmed the Nokia Android phone - and even argues that Microsoft might go ahead with actually releasing it.

According to a Nokia source, the software has a look more similar to Windows Phone than to the "squircle" icons used on the Asha. Normandy would also serve as a way to deliver Microsoft services such as Bing and Skype.

That is seen by some at Microsoft as a more palatable alternative than seeing more of those first-time smartphone buyers sign up not just for Android but also for Google's array of services.

Makes sense. It does raise another question, though: wouldn't this be yet another operating system Microsoft would need to develop and support?

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RE: Mistake
by glarepate on Wed 11th Dec 2013 20:28 UTC in reply to "Mistake"
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Nokia and MSFT are about the only two companies selling WP and RT and MSFT had to buy the Devices and Services Division from Nokia to keep it from tanking the company which would have killed virtually their whole phone/OS market.

This leaves a tiny percentage (and a tiny number too!) of devices from other manufacturers using those OSes as the only ones paying for licenses. It may cost them more to collect the fees than they make on them.

Pretending they are offering products that either manufacturers or consumers are willing to pay for is simply delusional. Better they admit it and [try to] move on.

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