Home > OS News > Nokia Offers its Own Design Kit to Counter Microsoft Announcement Nokia Offers its Own Design Kit to Counter Microsoft Announcement David Adams 2002-02-19 OS News 3 Comments Attempting to not be out-done by newcomer Microsoft, Nokia announced it will offer mobile phone makers its own development kit and OS, according to a ZDnet article. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 3 Comments 2002-02-19 10:00 pm looks interesting 2002-02-20 10:05 am This is exactly what we need, I can’t beleive only one comment has been placed here…..guy’s & gal’s this is the future in our hands! MS has already won the os wars, winning the PDA is on the horizon, phones and PDA’s are coming close together…The sooner we take charge. The better. 2002-02-20 3:14 pm Although I don’t think this is as reactionary as people claim. Symbian has probably been sitting on this, like, forever, because their biggest customer and partner, Nokia, didn’t want anyone else in on the family jewels. PalmOS has also been in the smartphone market for a while, even though there’s no reference design that you can carbon copy into manufacturer X’s phone, so they have been slow to market. Oh, and M$ hasn’t NEARLY won the PDA market until they can get down to Palm and friends’ price and battery life with their newest devices. Ever notice that the Palm devices can do the same BASIC things the PocketPC can do, with only 8 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM on an ancient processor? On the other hand, PocketPC 2k2 requires like twice as much RAM and 3 times the processing power minimum. This comes out of your wallet. A new PocketPC PDA always costs more than the newest PalmOS thingies. Smartphones would be the same way, pretty and powerful and financially painful. Basically, PocketPC is not BETTER ENOUGH (if better at all) than PalmOS for people to spend the extra money UNLESS they need all that advanced stuff and perfect Windows integration (Microsoft’s ace of spades is, was, and always will be ‘It works perfectly with all your other Windows based stuff’). -J.M.